We have seven community specialist palliative care nurses who are linked to all of the GP surgeries in Poole, Wimborne, Cranborne, Sixpenny Handley and the Isle of Purbeck. Each specialist nurse covers a number of GP surgeries in a locality.
Your nurse can offer expert advice to help you manage any symptoms you may have, such as pain, sickness, shortness of breath, constipation, tiredness or poor appetite. They may help you adjust your medication and advise on other ways of helping to cope with the effects of disease. They also offer emotional support, helping you and your family cope with the impact of illness, treatment, fears and worries and the uncertainty of living with a life-threatening condition. Your nurse can also advise on other hospice services which may be of benefit.
The team also has a key role to play in communicating and liaising with doctors, nurses and other people involved in your care.
Following referral, the specialist palliative care nurse will contact you to arrange a suitable time to visit, undertake an assessment to identify your individual needs and discuss with you and your family how we can best help.
The specialist palliative care nurses are available from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Overnight and weekends, telephone advice is available from the ward staff at Forest Holme.
If you would like to contact a member of the specialist nursing team, please telephone 0300 019 8115 for assistance.