New Palliative Care Service for Haringey launched.

On Friday 13th May 2016 Public Voice and Healthwatch Haringey partnered with Haringey Palliative Care, Haringey CCG and Haringey Older People’s Forum to successfully launch the new Haringey Palliative Care Service at a special event, held as part of the national ‘Dying Matters Awareness Week’ 2016.

The event, ‘Let’s Talk About… Dying’, was opened with a compassionate speech from David Lammy MP, setting up what was a very informative, sometimes emotional, but wholly enjoyable day of talks, discussions, advice and stalls which brought together over 150 local people and enabled them to share their views and experiences whilst learning about local palliative care services.

This was FREE drop-in event with talks, stalls and information from the Haringey Palliative Care Team, district nurses and carers, a GP, local hospices, local funeral directors, Compassion in Dying, Alzheimer’s Society, Marie Curie, Macmillan Cancer Support, and dementia services. A local solicitor was on hand with legal advice, the Citizens’ Advice Bureau with financial advice, and there were free health checks throughout the day. Local people also heard about how they could plan their ‘Digital Legacy’, create a ‘memory box’ for their family and friends, talk to their children about dying and discover the many options for funerals.

The new Haringey Palliative Care Team is an innovatively integrated community service provided jointly by: North Middlesex Hospital, North London Hospice, St Joseph’s Hospice, Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead and Whittington Health. Professionals work closely together to ensure that patient care is consistent, be it in hospital, at home or in a nursing home or hospice, and that information about what is important to each patient is shared between those different settings.

The event was a resounding success, respectfully addressing what is a sensitive and often taboo subject.

The Haringey palliative care team operates seven days a week and is available 24 hours for patients in the community:

  • Dedicated phone and email system for enquiries and referrals, staffed by the triage team at North London Hospice, Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm:

    Telephone: 020 8343 8841

    Email: triage.team@nhs.net

  • Out of hours telephone advice service operating 5pm–9am, seven days a week for advice to professionals and to patients or their relatives: 07957 588273

 

Useful websites

Alzheimer’s Society: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

Care of the Elderly: http://www.northmid.nhs.uk/Our-Services/Care-of-the-elderly

Compassion in Dying: www.compassionindying.org.uk

Digital Legacy Association: www.DigitalLegacyAssociation.org

MacMillan Cancer Support: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/

Marie Curie: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/

St Joseph’s Hospice: http://www.stjh.org.uk/

 

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