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Our general eligibility criteria are as follows:
1. The patient has active, progressive and potentially life threatening disease.
2. The patient has unresolved complex needs that cannot be met by the caring team, or it is anticipated that the patient will develop such needs in the very near future. These needs may be psychological, social, spiritual and/or physical. Examples may include complicated symptoms, specialised nursing needs, difficult family situations or ethical issues regarding treatment decisions.
3. The patient has recently been assessed by a member of one of the Specialist Palliative Care Teams.
There will be no restrictions for patients with known infections providing reversible causes have been addressed and appropriate management considered by referring staff and providing side room accommodation is available.
These beds are offered to people who have active, progressive life-limiting illnesses.
Patients do not always need to have been seen recently by a member of the Specialist Palliative Care Team, but we may sometimes request this before accepting a referral if we are not sure that respite care at Overgate is the most appropriate care for the patient.
Referral to Day Hospice does not require recent review by a member of the Specialist Palliative Care Team – patients can be referred by professionals caring for the patient in the community, and the referrals will be considered by the Day Hospice Team.
Unfortunately, because of limitations on the transport that can be provided, we are unable to accommodate patients who would require a stretcher or two-man transport.
Drop-In patients do not require recent review by a member of the Specialist Palliative Care Team.
The Calderdale Community Respiratory Team is the only team that can refer to this service, and they use structured referral criteria.
Anyone with a formal diagnosis of Dementia along with their carer is eligible to use the Time to Think service.
This group is for the carers of patients who are currently receiving care from the Inpatient Unit or the Day Hospice.