Your questions

What is palliative care?

Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life of patients facing the problems associated with a life-threatening illness, and to support their families. This includes the prevention and relief of suffering through treatment of pain and other problems, not only physical, but psychological and spiritual as well.

How do we provide our care?

Our palliative care is provided by a wide range of specialist staff, who work across our key services: 

  • Incare – for patients who need 24-hour specialist care

  • ​Outreach – for patients living at home, who could benefit from social support at a weekly session in one of three locations in the local community.

  • Lymphoedema clinic – for patients with this particular swelling condition. 

The specialist support available for people attending these services includes: 

  • specialist medical and nursing care

  • physiotherapy 

  • occupational therapy 

  • complementary therapies 

  • family and carer support 

  •  bereavement support

Who is eligible for our care?

People often think Hospices only look after people with cancer. While most of our patients do have a cancer diagnosis, some do not. Our care extends to anyone over the age of eighteen who has a life-limiting illness, for example: Motor Neurone Disease, COPD, chronic heart disease or Multiple Sclerosis.

The Hospice itself is in Pontefract, but our services are available to people in and around the Five Towns area of Pontefract, Knottingley, Castleford, Featherstone and Normanton and south as far as Hemsworth and South Kirkby.

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