Macmillan & Specialist Palliative Care Team
Who are we?
The Macmillan & Specialist Palliative Care Team aims to work in partnership with you and your family or carer to ensure that you receive the best care. To do this we work closely with other health and social care professionals across Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale.
The service is available to patients suffering from any life limiting illness, not just those affected by cancer; this includes those with advanced motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or heart & lung diseases.
What do we do?
During the course of your illness or during your treatment you may experience a range of physical symptoms such as pain, nausea and shortness of breath. A major part of our specialist role is to help manage these symptoms effectively and support patients to self manage wherever possible. We also give specialist advice to other health care professionals on the best way to control any adverse symptoms you may experience.
Offer emotional support including psychological assessment and interventions
Benefits and grants that you may be able to claim for
Your treatment so you can make informed choices about the best way forward
Referral to other services and professionals who may be able to help you
The team consists of 6 Macmillan & Specialist Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists who are based at Langley Clinic, a Specialist Palliative Care MDT Coordinator, Specialist Social Worker and End of Life Care Facilitator. The team is managed by the Lead Cancer & Palliative Care Nurse for the Borough. We work Monday to Friday 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m (except on bank holidays).
Where can you meet a Macmillan Nurse:
We can meet with you in a place that is convenient for you. We are happy to see you with a partner, family member or friend. We can also meet you on your own if you want. We can meet you in:
- Your home, the hospital or The Carer Resource Centre.
How to contact the Team:
Please ring us on (0161) 655 1336. There are 2 telephone lines and if the line is engaged then you can leave a message on the answering machine and will be rang back, although this may not be the same day.
How to be referred to the Team:
We have an open referral system which means that, with your permission, you may be referred by a health or social care professional. ALternatively a member of your family or friend can refer you. Following the referral we will contact you and arrange a convenienent appointment to come and see you.
More information can be found on the Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale Community Healthcare Website hmr.nhs.uk