Information on the Palliative Care East Appeal can be found here
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is the “active total care” of patients whose disease (not just cancer) is not responsive to curative treatment. This means that the control of pain, other symptoms and support for psychological, social and spiritual problems are most important. The aim of palliative care is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and their families.
Who are the Specialist Palliative Care Team?
We are a team of Doctors, Nurses (also known as Macmillan Nurses), Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and Key worker for Lymphoedema, Social Worker, Bereavement Co-ordinator, Hospice at Home Team, a team of four secretaries and an administrative assistant. We work in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area, visiting patients in local hospitals, at home and in other community settings.
Direct dial telephone numbers:
Tel: 01493 452804
Fax: 01493 453349/01493 453854
Our service is available: Monday to Friday (9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.)
Doctors in our department:
Dr Bernadette Auger – contact via secretary 01493 432804
We have a small team of Macmillan Nurses – see leaflet below for further information
Occupational Therapist. Our Occupational Therapist will evaluate, treat and consult with individuals whose ability to cope with the tasks of everyday living is threatened or impaired by physical illness or injury, psychosocial disability or developmental deficits, and help the patient regain the ability to do normal everyday tasks. The therapist will visit the patient at home and assess what they can and cannot do and suggest possible modifications to the home. Contact number: 01493 452804.
Lymphoedema Service. Useful information, including all contact numbers covering this service, is available is at www.heron.nhs.uk.
Bereavement Counselling Service. This service is offered to help bereaved individuals gain an understanding of the emotions and feelings that they are experiencing. The service also provides information about other organisations or groups that may be able to help in the future.
Hospice at Home. This service offers support to patients who have a life limiting illness and complex palliative care needs to enable these patients to return to, or to remain, in their own home. We also offer short term support to patients’ families and informal carers. Tel: 01493 453301 Fax: 01493 337923.
In addition to visiting patients and their families, members of the Specialist Palliative Care Team provide a range of palliative care education, and lead or support developments and improvements in how palliative care is given.