Making a referral
Any health or social care professional (with the patient's consent) may refer, and patients may contact our services directly.
People who self-refer will be advised to contact their GP/health care professional involved in their care to submit a referral form in order to ensure that we have all the essential information we need to provide a good service.
The referral form (in Word or PDF format) can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. Once completed as fully as possible, please follow the instructions on the form to email it, along with any supporting documentation. Alternatively, the referral form can be faxed to 01305 263321.
Weldmar Hospicecare provides specialist palliative and supportive care and expertise to augment and support the care already provided by primary health care teams, the specialist home care nurses, and the community and general hospitals.
Reasons for referral can include:
- symptom assessment and management
- complex psychological or social problems
- terminal care
Inpatient symptom control or terminal care
GPs or consultants should contact the Weldmar Duty Doctor by telephone to discuss admission and follow this up with a fax or letter.
Specialist palliative care nurses, following consultation with the patient’s GP, can also contact the Duty Doctor directly to discuss admission.
Patients may be referred from the hospital to the hospice in the same way.
Receipt of the referral will be acknowledged with the patient within two working days.
Inpatient admissions will be prioritised according to the degree of urgency.
Our Day Services aim to improve the quality of life for patients, families and carers. It offers activities and services determined by each individual patient’s needs, capabilities, interests and hobbies. We care for patients with cancer and other progressive conditions, such as motor neurone disease and PSP, who require our specialist help.
Referral of patients to Weldmar Day Services – reasons may include:
- assessment and monitoring of symptoms
- creative and therapeutic activities
- social interactions, mutual support and friendship
- respite for carers
- spiritual, psychological and social support
This service is provided Monday to Friday from 10am until 3pm, depending on location.
Many of our sessions have a nurse clinic to address any physical concerns patients have, and other staff are on hand to help with practical and emotional concerns.