Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care seeks to improve the quality of life for patients and their families facing the problems associated with advanced, progressive or life-limiting illnesses. This is achieved by preventing and relieving suffering which can be physical, psychological and/or social.

The Hillingdon Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Team

The team includes Consultants, Specialist Nurses and Psychologists with education and training in cancer and palliative care. Their training includes courses in pain management, symptom control and psychological support for patients, their families and carers.

The Palliative Care Team works closely with the doctors looking after patients on all wards and can offer the following help:
  • specific advice about disturbing symptoms if they occur, such as pain, nausea and shortness of breath
  • emotional and psychological support in helping you and your family adjust to the changes in lifestyle your illness may cause
  • support for staff looking after those approaching end of life in hospital
  • information about symptoms, treatments and other sources of care and support
  • assistance in planning future care once the patient leaves hospital
  • assistance with family worries including advice on practical help in the home and where to go for help regarding financial matters.
  • We may also liaise with colleagues working in the community, including GPs, district nurses, community palliative care nurses, Harlington Hospice and Michael Sobell Hospice as required

The multidisciplinary team meets weekly to discuss all new patients, in order to ensure high standards of care are met.

Initiatives in Quality Improvement

Comfort Care symbol
The Comfort Care Symbol represents a model of care that has been developed to promote dignity, respect and compassion at the end of life.

End of Life Care Champions


This is a year-long education and development program for nursing staff on the wards with the aim of improving standards of care and facilitating change where needed.

Mandatory training

The Trust is introducing formal end-of-life-care training for all staff within theHillingdon Hospitals.

Palliative Care Consultants

Department of Palliative Care
01895 279412
Dr J Leithead
Consultant 01895 279412
Dr J Potter
Consultant 01895 279412
Dr K Cauldwell
Consultant 01895 279412
Palliative Care Team Co-ordinator
01895 279385

An advisory service for health care professionals is provided out of hours to continue to provide support. To access this service, please call 020 3824 1268 – please note that this number is for healthcare professionals only.

Useful links

Local services
Community Specialist Palliative Care Team
District Nurses

Harlington Hospice

Michael Sobell Hospice


Other sources of information
Age UK
Citizens' Advice

Macmillan

Marie Curie

NHS Choices

Sue Ryder

Patient leaflets

  • ACP-and-myCMC leaflet 643 KB (pdf)
  • Advanced Care Planning 641 KB (pdf)
  • Caring for a Loved One 6ppDL 434 KB (pdf)
  • Centre for Spiritual & Pastoral Care 421 KB (pdf)
  • Information for people experiencing grief 131 KB (pdf)
  • What to Expect When Someone Important to you is dying 24pp A5 1082 KB (pdf)
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    Palliative Care
    Hillingdon Hospital

    Office hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm (excluding bank holidays)