Community palliative care Macmillan nurses
This is a small, dedicated, community nursing team who provide specialist advice and knowledge to patients/relatives and other professionals about palliative care and end of life issues.Macmillan nurses provide direct and indirect support to both patients and other professionals such as district nurses and community nurses. The service operates five days a week, Monday to Friday, during normal office hours. Each specialist Macmillan nurse within the team has their own caseload of patients and they support these patients and the family in their own homes whilst maintaining very close links with the district nursing service, the local hospice and the hospital based Macmillan nurses.
Communication with patients and their relatives will often be a combination of face-to-face visits within their own home and telephone consultations where appropriate.