REFERRAL CRITERIA AND PROCESS OF REFERRAL
Aims of the service: The aim of Specialist Palliative Day Care is to support patients with palliative and end of life care needs, enhance independence and quality of life and reduce carer fatigue through respite.
Referral criteria: Dove Cottage Day Hospice provides a range of services for patients over the age of 18 with an active, advanced, progressive, incurable disease, where the treatment is palliative.
Patients will need to be well enough to attend day-care and tolerate the journey to and from the hospice. They will also need to be able to access and use our hospice premises and equipment safely.
These criteria will be assessed on an individual basis by the nursing team.
Dove Cottage does not routinely offer places to patients:
- With a primary diagnosis of (or advanced) dementia, acute mental illness, or learning disability
- Whose behaviour is liable to be disruptive
- Whose main needs are rehabilitative rather than palliative
- Who are in residential care
- Who are known to have a healthcare acquired infection eg: Clostridium Difficile
Dove Cottage provides supportive palliative care but is a non-medical unit. All patients remain under the care of their own GP.
Acceptance of each referral is at the discretion of the Day Care Leader or nurse in charge and will depend on:
Individual assessment of needs
Whether Dove Cottage can meet those needs
Whether attendance at Dove Cottage will be of benefit to the potential day-care guest
Availability of resources and places
Referral process and assessment
Referrals can be made by health professionals, patients or their families. To make a referral please telephone your nearest hospice:
Dove Cottage Stathern: 01949 860303
Dove Cottage Ridlington: 01572 722630
and ask to speak to one of the nurses, with the following information:
- Name and contact details of the individual being referred
- Date of birth
- General condition and home circumstances
- Name of GP