Rowans Hospice works in partnership with Solent NHS Trust, (Portsmouth City); Southern NHS Foundation Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals Trust to provide care at home, in hospitals and in nursing homes. When specialist palliative care (SPC) is needed, we work alongside a patient’s GP/District Nurses to provide support and clinical expertise.
Community Specialist Palliative Care teams
The NHS SPC teams comprise of doctors, clinical nurse specialists (CNS), clinical psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists with wide-ranging expertise in dealing with the medical, practical and psychological effects of cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. The CNS’s are sometimes known to patients as Macmillan nurses.
First contact with Rowans Hospice often begins with a visit from one of the SPC team. They liaise with GPs, District Nurses and other professionals who are already involved with the patient. As well as providing expert care in the home or residential home they offer practical and emotional support to the whole family. A home visit from the nurse can be most reassuring and comforting for patients and those around them.
Rowans Hospice has close working relationships with Portsmouth Hospitals Trust and aims to ensure patients move between the hospital and hospice as smoothly as possible.
Range of Services
The community teams provide essential services which include:
- Assessment and advice on the management of patient symptoms
- Emotional support in dealing with anxieties and fears related to illness and treatment
- Assessment for access to support from Rowans Hospice, including Day Care, in-patient care, The Heath Centre and Bereavement Services
- Telephone advice for families and the patients existing healthcare team
- Information and guidance on allowances and grants available
For more information please see our Community and Hospital Care FAQs
To contact the Community Team for the Portsmouth City area call them on 0300 300 2011. This team is employed and managed by Solent NHS Trust, based at Jubilee House, Cosham.
To contact the Community Team for the South East Hampshire area, call them on 023 9225 0001. This team is employed and managed by Southern NHS Foundation Trust.