Today, people are living to far greater ages due to improved nutrition, living conditions and medical advances. However, a time comes when everyone has to face his or her mortality. When this is due to a progressive disease which is incurable we try to offer a medical service which is supportive to both the patient and family. Palliative care aims to provide relief from distressing symptoms, both physical and emotional, and wherever possible such professional carers, aids and appliances as will enable the patient to stay in their own homes if this is their wish.
To achieve this objective the primary care team can call upon expert help and advice from the Macmillan Nursing Service, a countywide team of specialist palliative care nurses, and the medical staff of our local hospice St Julia’s in Hayle. Not only does this hospice provide beds where patients can stay while symptoms are treated, but it also provides short respite admissions to allow carers at home to have a break.
The medical staff are also available for domiciliary consultations.When a person dies, the primary care team is there to give practical and emotional support to the family. Local undertakers offer a professional and sympathetic service including advice on registration of deaths and arrangements of funeral services.Bereavement sometimes brings thoughts and feelings that people are quite unprepared for and find hard to cope with. As well as specialist bereavement counsellors like Cruse, the Macmillan service is able to offer some counselling as is our practice based counsellor.Last, but by no means least, the local clergy of all denominations are happy to give pastoral care and support in all of life’s difficult times