When someone is dying there are a range of services available locally and nationally that can provide support for you and your loved ones.
GPs and community health services
Your GP will be able to discuss your care and also put you in touch with relevant local services.
Wiltshire Council social care
Social care services in Wiltshire provide assessment, support and services to help people continue to live at home for as long as possible. This includes support to family or friends who may be supporting them in a caring role. As a person’s needs change they may be eligible for Continuing Health Care funding (NHS funding) either at home or another setting.
A series of fact sheets are available that give more detail on a range of services available.
- Wiltshire Council - information about adult care
- 0300 456 0111 - Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
Residential and nursing care
Sometimes it is more appropriate for a person to receive care in a Care Home setting rather than remaining in their own home.
NHS Wiltshire and the Council are working to support Care Homes to be able to continue to care for people until they die if that is their preference and not to be admitted to hospital if this is not necessary.
- Wiltshire Council - Nursing and care homes information - 0300 456 0111 - Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
- The care quality commission - services in Wiltshire
There are three hospices serving the people of Wiltshire, each providing dedicated end-of-life care for patients and compassionate support for their families and friends . Salisbury is in the south of the county, Prospect Hospice in Wroughton , near Swindon and Dorothy House in Winsley, near Bradford-on- Avon.
Hospice care supports people with a life threatening illness and their families and friends in their own homes. Care is based on personal needs, provides relief from pain and distress, and is aimed at a good quality of life in the time that is left.
All hospices have inpatient beds for those requiring 24 hour care to help with distressing symptoms or who wish to die in the hospice, day care and other services depending on the hospice. Hospice staff also work in partnership with colleagues in health and social services in the community, in care homes and in hospital offering advice, support and education. All hospice care is free of charge and funded partly by the NHS and partly by charitable money raised by the hospices.
- Salisbury Hospice
- www.salisburyhospicecare.co.uk - 01722 425113
- Prospect Hospice
- www.prospect-hospice.net - 01793 813355
- Dorothy House
- www.dorothyhouse.co.uk - 01225 722999
General information on end of life care
End of life care for children
- Paediatric palliative care service directory from the NHS NHS Wiltshire - Paediatric Palliative Care Service Directory 159kb
- ACT (Association for Children's Palliative Care)
PALS - The Patient Advice and Liaison Service
The Patient Advice and Liaison Service, known as PALS, has been introduced to make sure that the NHS listens to patients, their relatives, carers and friends, and answers their questions and resolves their concerns as quickly as possible.
- Find a local PALS office - 0800 389 7671
There are many charities that can offer help and support to you and your family if you have become ill. This is only a selection of medical charities and there may be other charities that could offer help or advice.
|Cancer Research UK||
|Macmillan Cancer Support||
|Marie Curie Cancer Care|
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
|British Heart Foundation||
HIV / AIDS
|British Lung Foundation||
|Mind (National Association for Mental Health)||
|Motor Neurone Disease Association||
|Multiple Sclerosis Society||
Last updated: 11 May 2011