End of Life Care services
There are a number of services available to support you as you approach the end of their life. Some are universal for those with Health and Social Care needs, which can be found on the Care in Newham and East London Foundation Trust websites; and some are specifically End of Life Care, listed below.
Skills for Care has produced a useful document detailing the Health and Social Care professionals you may encounter as you approach the end of your life and what their role is in your care and support.
Hospitals provide planned, short–term treatment for people with an illness or injury; and unplanned emergency and urgent medical treatment. As such, people rarely choose to be cared for and die in hospital. The following hospitals serve Newham residents:
Newham University Hospital
Call: 0207 363 8056 or 0207 363 8055
St Bartholomew's Hospital
Call: 0203 465 5889 or 0203 465 6892
The Royal London Hospital
Call:0203 594 1050 or 0203 594 2030
Whipps Cross Hospital
Call: 0208 535 6628
Hospices provide care and support either in the Hospice or in your home. Their aim is to ensure you are comfortable by treating your symptoms and enabling you to live your last days as fully as possible. The Hospices closest to Newham are:
Richard House Children’s Hospice
Richard House Drive, Beckton, E16 3RG
Call:020 7511 0222
St. Joseph’s Hospice
Mare Street, Hackney, E8 4SA
Call: 020 8525 6000
Email: [email protected]
National Disease specific support
- Alzheimer’s Society - operates a national telephone helpline for people with Alzheimer’s and Talking Point, an online community where you can get advice, share experiences and connect with others
- British Heart Foundation - operates a national helpline for people with heart and circulatory disease and a Support Groups where you can get advice, share experiences and connect with others
- British Lung Foundation - operates a national telephone helpline for people with a lung condition
- Cancer Research UK - operates a national helpline staffed by nurses and Cancer Chat, an online forum where you can get advice, share experiences and connect with others
- Cardiac Risk In The Young
- Compassion in Dying - provides information and resources to help you talk about and plan for the end of life
- Dementia Carers Count - a national charity dedicated to family members and friends who are caring for someone with dementia. DCC’s services – including their one and three-day courses – are designed and delivered by expert health and care professionals, providing the practical support that family carers need
- Macmillan Cancer Support - practical, medical and financial support for people facing cancer. The charity provides training and funding for specialist Macmillan nurses, including palliative care nurses. Share experiences, ask questions or find others who understand via the Online Community.
- Marie Curie - care, information and support to people with a life-limiting illness, their carers and families. Visit the Marie Curie Community to find support from people like you.
- Marie Curie online resource for health and social care professionals
- Parkinson’s UK - provides support for people with Parkinson’s and their carers. Join their online community on the Parkinson’s UK forum to talk to others about your experiences.
- Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities
- Sue Ryder - provides support for people living with a terminal illness or neurological condition as well as bereavement support. Palliative and neurological services are delivered at specialist centres across the country and in people's homes. Visit the online community to chat to others who understand.
Carers play an essential role in the journey of the person approaching the end of life. The death of a family member or friend is a momentous event. The resources below provide advice and information for Carers about how they can consider their own needs or support they could benefit from during this time.