Community and Hospital Care FAQs

What is Community Care?

A team of NHS doctors, CNS nurses and psychologists with highly specialised skills in dealing with the medical, emotional and psychological effects of cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. The team visits patients at home, in nursing homes and in community hospitals. CNS nurses are sometimes known to patients as Macmillan nurses.

By your GP, District Nurse or any health professional involved in your care. You can also be referred by the Hospice with the agreement of you and your GP.

If you are admitted to hospital you can still be referred to us because our hospital and community NHS teams work closely together. In this instance you will be referred by a member of the hospital palliative care team.

Rowans Hospice area of care includes

  • Portsmouth City
  • Fareham and Gosport
  • Havant and Waterlooville
  • Emsworth
  • Horndean, Clanfield and Rowlands Castle
  • Meon Valley
  • North East Hampshire

The team supporting Portsmouth City is based at Jubilee House, Medina Road, Cosham. They can be contacted on 0300 300 2011 between 8.30am and 5pm.

The team supporting the Hampshire area is based at Rowans Hospice. They can be reached on 023 9225 0001. The office is open weekdays 9am-5pm.

You will need to contact your Doctor’s Out of Hours service or ring the Hospice for advice on 023 9225 0001. If you are unsure about ringing the Hospice you can seek advice by calling 111.

A team of doctors, nurses and physiotherapists with highly specialised skills working alongside and advising hospital ward teams in dealing with the medical, emotional, practical and psychological effects of cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Referrals to the Hospital SPC team are made by hospital ward and outpatient staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital. If you are under the care of Rowans Hospice or its associated SPC community teams, or another specialist palliative care service or hospice, the hospital team may be asked to support your  admission

Teams have recognised advanced training in specialist palliative and end of life care. They work alongside your GP and nursing team to provide clinical support and advice when specialist expertise is needed. It may be that a member of the SPC team will refer you to one of our other hospice services, for example, Day Care. If you are being seen by the SPC team they can discuss the options with you.