Clinics & services

West Northumberland Community and Hospital Palliative Care

  • Description

    Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with any life-threatening illness. We work alongside primary care teams and other specialists involved in the patient's care, so that people can receive palliative care at the same time as receiving active treatment for their condition. The service aims to actively manage problems and help people live as well as possible. The service also supports families in dealing with the patient's illness and in their own bereavement. All patients are under the care of the full consultant-led multidisciplinary team, and their case will be discussed regularly at our weekly community, hospital and inpatient MDT meeting.

  • Patient types/symptoms

    We accept any patient (and their family) who has a life-limiting illness and who has complex physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs.

  • Location

    Home visits, Hospital (Hexham/Haltwhistle) or other healthcare setting

  • Opening Times

    Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
    Outside of these hours, professionals can access the Palliative Care Advice Line on 0191 273 3435. This line is covered by nursing and consultant staff.

Referral Information

Telephone 01434 604 008 or Fax 01434 600 739.
You can also access the referral form in the useful forms section. For direct consultant referrals ring 01670 529 441. Patients will normally be assessed by the healthcare professional covering the relevant GP practice.

Specialist Staff