• Specialist Palliative Care Services

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Specialist Palliative Care Services

How can you help me?
St Andrew’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care services – the total care of patients who require complex symptom management and or end-of-life care and is open to all, without distinction of race, gender, or creed. We provide multidisciplinary support for patients, their families, and carers.

What care is available?

  • 30 inpatient specialist palliative care beds
  • Crisis Management Respite care services for specialist palliative care patients
  • Outpatient services for specialist palliative care patients
  • Community Palliative Care and Support Project
  • Grief and Bereavement Support Services
  • Consultant led medical team
  • Specialist Palliative care liaison service across the three NHS Lanarkshire hospitals.
St. Andrew's Hospice, Airdrie.

St. Andrew’s Hospice, Airdrie.

Our Inpatient Unit offers a comfortable environment for those patients that may benefit from receiving more specialist support from our team.

Patients are admitted to the Inpatient Unit for assessment and provision of specialist care. This may include pain and/or symptom management, multidisciplinary assessment, short term acute intervention, nursing care, rehabilitation or end of life care.

Beds are allocated following multidisciplinary team assessment and discussion based on the completed referral form. Patients are placed on the waiting list and discussed daily. Admissions are planned Monday to Friday – in exceptional circumstances weekend admissions will be considered.

Each patient will be allocated a nursing team and consultant who will assess and plan individual person centred care in collaboration with the patient and their family and in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team.

The nursing team are present providing holistic care 24 hours a day. A great deal of individual attention is possible through the high nurse to patient ratio; patients can be confident that their care will be delivered sensitively and effectively by an experienced team of professionals trained to give strong emotional support to both patients and their families.

image-2Consultants in Palliative Medicine lead a team of specialist and trainee doctors, providing comprehensive expert medical care, in full partnership with patients and families, and in careful collaboration with other specialist medical teams where appropriate.

Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Complementary Therapists support tailored programmes of care and are integral to the patient’s unique experience.

A pharmacy service is provided by a Macmillan pharmacist and pharmacy technician who work as part of the multidisciplinary team to optimise the use of medicines within St Andrew’s Hospice.

Our Support Services Team respond to and address the emotional, psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients and families coping with the implications of the patient’s illness and prognosis.

The team meet regularly to evaluate the care delivered and respond to the changing needs of individuals and consideration of future care needs.

The Inpatient Unit is not a long term place of care.

In addition we provide a 24 hour telephone advice service to patients and healthcare professionals.