End of life care

Palliative and end of life care

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Palliative care is for people diagnosed with any terminal condition or have a complex illness and need their symptoms managed.

The aim of palliative care is to support people to have the best quality of life for them and their families/carers.

Palliative care does not mean that active treatment stops, but the purpose of the treatment is to relieve symptoms and maintain independence and wellbeing, rather than to cure.

What is end of life care?

End of life care is an important part of palliative care, it is the care given to people who are nearing the end of their lives.

End of life care:

  • Could benefit people who are considered to be in the last year of life
  • Aims to help people have a better quality of life until they die and to die with dignity
  • Includes bereavement support for families and carers.

Where can you receive palliative and end of life care

Palliative and end of life care is provided to Newham residents at:

  • Home
  • Hospitals
  • Care homes
  • Hospices.

The location and type of care will depend on your needs whilst taking into account your wishes where possible.

Providers of palliative and end of life care services in Newham

The main providers:

  • Your GP
  • East London NHS Foundation Trust - East Ham Care Centre, Fothergill Ward provides a dedicated in patient palliative care service for people over 50 years of age
  • Bart's Health Trust
  • St Joseph's, Hackney.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost for the health care provided by the NHS, which depending on the severity of people's health needs can extend to cover the last few weeks (and sometimes months) of life.

St. Joseph's Hospice is an independent charity and their services are free of charge. Where Newham Adult Social Care services are provided, there may be a cost in line with Newham council's charging policy.

How to get in touch

The starting point should be your GP, who will discuss your need for care with you and refer you to the relevant services.