The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Palliative Care


What we do

The Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Team cover both Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s University Hospital as well as Chapel Allerton and Wharfedale Hospitals. If you are referred to the service, you and your family / carers will be offered palliative care and advice by the team of nurses and doctors with the help of social work, pharmacy and other colleagues when needed.

We work with the ward doctors and nurses to improve your physical comfort (such as treatment for pain or sickness). We also help them with decisions about your future treatment and with any emotional, social or spiritual concerns you may have.

We can discuss your choices for types of future treatment and care with you and refer you to other professionals who will continue your care in hospital, home, care home or a hospice.

How do patients and carers access the service?

You need to be referred by a doctor or nurse on the ward where you are having treatment.

What postcode areas does the service cover?

You will have access to specialist palliative care if you are an inpatient at any of the hospitals in Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. Your home address does not matter.


The Service - Overview
The specialist palliative care team provides a service across the Trust that offers assessment and advice on the management of complex physical symptoms, psychological, social and spiritual issues. This is available for all patients with advanced progressive and life threatening disease and not only for patients with cancer.

The team comprises palliative medicine consultants, Macmillan nurses and specialist registrars in palliative medicine. Close links exist with colleagues in clinical psychology, oncology, social work, chaplaincy, pharmacy and chronic pain relief.

Specialist palliative care services in Leeds are also provided by St Gemma's Hospice and Sue Ryder Care Wheatfields. Both hospices provide community support for patients in their own homes or nursing homes, day hospice, and an inpatient unit. Sue Ryder Care Wheatfields covers the West of the city where St Gemma's Hospice covers the East. There is flexibility for inpatient provision if one unit is full and it is deemed appropriate to take a patient from outside their normal catchment area.

Lots more information can be found on the Leeds Palliative Care Website by clicking here