The specialist palliative care team based at the University Hospital of North Tees works closely with other palliative care specialists across the Teeswide area and with their voluntary sector partners at the Butterwick Hospice and Hartlepool and District Hospice.
They provide specialist advice and support on the management of physical, psychological, social and spiritual problems related to advanced disease in adult patients in any department; complex specialist palliative needs that the host teams in clinical areas are finding difficult to manage. Their involvement is not just with the patient, but also the family and others close to them. The team will only discuss specific issues of the patient’s case with family or carers if the patient has given consent for this.
The team has two Macmillan clinical nurse specialists, a Macmillan end of life co-ordinator, a nurse consultant, a staff grade doctor and a consultant. They sometimes have a specialty trainee (registrar) attached to the team as part of their experience on the Northern Deanery palliative medicine training programme. The team has two administrators that support the team.
The team also provide specialist education and teaching to all disciplines and grades of staff, on subjects as diverse as complex symptom management, advance care planning, ethical dilemma and end of life care.
An Oasis for families and patients in end of life care
There are two types of suite at the University Hospital of North Tees. One provides a haven for families of patients who are at the end of their lives. This suite, on the west wing outside of ward 42, was furnished entirely from charitable donations and provides a peaceful space away from the ward environment. The room has all of the comforts, including a sofa, bathroom, sitting area and a kitchen.
A second type of suite is based within three ward areas – wards 24, 26 and 28. These rooms are integrated into the ward for end of life that supports patients and family together in one conducive environment.
The service is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm excluding public holidays. Outside these hours, patients should contact their GP or community nurse.
Office base and contact numbers:
Specialist palliative care team
University Hospital of North Tees
Stockton on Tees. TS19 8PE
Tel 01642 383895
Fax 01642 383239