Most patients under the care of the Oakhaven team are cared for in the community and we work closely with your GP’s and District Nurses. All of the clinical team at Oakhaven are available to visit you in your home. You will be under the care of a clinical nurse specialist often with input from other members of the team.
You may be referred to the community team by your GP, district nurse or hospital consultant for one of the following reasons:
- Pain and symptom control advice
- Psychological support
- Advice about social care or benefits
- Emotional support
You will be met initially by one of our clinical nurse specialists or doctors at your home. This may be a nursing home, your own home, the local community hospital or as an out patient at the hospice. They will assess your needs and refer you to other members of our team if appropriate. The clinical nurse specialist is usually your key worker and will visit you on an ongoing basis to chat generally about how your illness is affecting your life and how we may help with this. Similarly the doctors may come and see you at home to help with difficult symptoms.
You may also be admitted to the In-patient Unit for end of life care where possible if this is your preferred place for care or our Hospice at Home nurses may care for you in your own home. The Hospice at Home team consists of a team of nurses with a variety of different skills and experience who provide hands on care to patients in their own homes. They work alongside existing services and provide a more specialist focus to their care.
The clinical nurse specialists, like all of the clinical team, are also involved in educating other health care professionals in palliative care by working alongside them in their daily working life or through lectures and study days.
Other Members of the Team might help you whilst you are receiving support from Oakhaven.