Nottinghamshire Hospice

Adding Life to Days

How to refer to Hospice Care

You can refer people for more than one service at a time if it is appropriate for them. Referrals are based on a patient’s needs, or the needs of their family, rather than on the diagnosis.

Hospice at Home service referral criteria:

  • Adults over the age of 18 (16-18 year olds are able to use the services on an individually negotiated basis, if it is appropriate for them)
  • Have a Nottinghamshire GP
  • Are thought to be in the last 6 months of life and in need of on-going care
  • Respite care is limited to a specific time period
  • Patients (or their advocates) and the patients’ GP understand the reason for referral and have consented to the referral
  • Referral form must be completed and faxed to the hospice on 0115 960 9312 with all relevant details included (insufficient information may result in a delay in the patient in accessing services)
  • For urgent referrals, it is advisable to both fax the referral form and telephone the hospice directly on 0115 962 1222

Day Therapy Unit referral criteria:

  • Adults over the age of 18
  • Have a Nottinghamshire GP
  • Are in the last 12 months of life and have complex problems associated with their disease, such as difficult physical symptoms and/or psychological, social or spiritual issues requiring specialist palliative care interventions
  • Patients (or their advocates) and the patients’ GP understand the reason for referral and have consented to the referral
  • Referral form must be completed and faxed to the hospice on 0115 960 9312 with all relevant details included (insufficient information may result in a delay in the patient accessing services)
  • For urgent referrals, it is advisable to both fax the referral form and to telephone the hospice directly on 0115 962 1222

Counselling & Bereavement Services criteria:

  • Adults over the age of 18
  • Living in Nottinghamshire
  • Related to or supporting a person who is receiving end of life care
  • Understands the reason for referral, has consented to it and is happy to complete a confidential assessment of their needs
  • Able to reach and abide by an agreement during the period of any counselling/bereavement support