Condition: Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual.

Each patient is unique in the symptoms they experience during life-theatening illness. However common symptoms include:

  • Fatigue;
  • Pain;
  • Reduced appetite;
  • Constipation;
  • Respiratory secretions;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Restlessness and confusion.
  • Tiredness and fatigue;
  • Weakness or paralysis of muscles.

Any life-threating illness may cause physical, psychosocial, and spiritual distress to a patient.

The aim of palliative care is to provide:

  • Information for the person and their family;
  • Accurate and holistic assessment of a person’s needs;
  • Symptom control;
  • Psychological, social, spiritual, and practical support;
  • Open and sensitive communication with the person and their family.

An accurate and holistic assessment of a person’s needs is necessary to provide good quality care to patients.

Multidisciplinary specialist services are required to provide this assessment, advice and care for patients in their preferred place of care.

Palliative Care Treatment

The aim of palliative care is to provide:

  • Information for the person and their family;
  • Accurate and holistic assessment of a person’s needs;
  • Symptom control;
  • Psychological, social, spiritual, and practical support;
  • Open and sensitive communication with the person and their family.

For symptom control the aim should be to use a few medications as possible. The type of medication used is dictated by the severity or mechanism causing the symptom.

Medicinal cannabis products may be considered when first line therapies have not achieved adequate symptomatic relief.

Arrange a Referral

At Sapphire London we operate on a doctor to doctor referral basis. We accept referrals from GP’s and consultants. This is to ensure that the patient’s condition has been fully assessed by a qualified physician and all other treatment options have been attempted.

For doctors to refer a patient to us, please click here to fill and securely submit a referral form.

For patients, please print off this form on information regarding Sapphire UK and ask your GP or consultant to refer to us through the online system.

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