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Palliative Care

Specialist palliative care is required by people with progressive, life-limiting illness, with or without additional conditions.

The focus of care is on quality of life and who has unresolved complex needs that cannot be met by their current care team. These needs may be physical, psychological, social and/or spiritual.

We offer specialist palliative care services in Gateshead:

  • In patients’ homes or care homes

  • In the QE acute setting

  • St Bede’s unit ( Inpatient Specialist Palliative care beds)

We also offer clinical leadership and education to services providing palliative care.

Who is the Specialist Palliative Care team?

We are a multidisciplinary team consisting of consultants in palliative medicine, experienced nurses specialising in palliative care, nurses skilled in inpatient palliative care, consultant clinical psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chaplains and dietitians.

Contact

Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Team can be contacted 8.30 – 17.00 Monday - Friday on 0191 445 5709.

Community Specialist Palliative Care Team can be contacted 8.30 – 17.00 Monday – Friday on 0191 2834586.

Out of Hours Palliative Care in the community is covered overnight 8pm – 8am by our overnight Palliative Care Team who can be contacted on 07828 861957.

Overnight Palliative Care is provided by two nurses working together who have a specific interest, knowledge and experience in Palliative Care.  They work closely with your own doctor, district nurse and other professionals involved in your care.

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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