Eligibility for referral to our specialist palliative care services is based on patient need not diagnosis:
The patient has active, progressive and usually advanced disease for which the prognosis is limited (although it may be several years) and the focus of care is quality of life Patients with malignant or non-malignant disease are eligible for hospice care including patients with cancer, chronic lung or heart disease or a neurological disease. We also care for people with lymphoedema.
The patient has unresolved complex needs that cannot be met by the caring team. These may be physical, psychological, social and /or spiritual. Examples may include complicated symptoms or difficult family situations.
The catchment area for patients is the Five Towns area of Pontefract, Knottingley, Castleford, Featherstone and Normanton plus Hemsworth, South Elmsall and South Kirkby. Patients outside this area are usually cared for by one of our neighbouring hospices but could be accommodated by agreement.
Patients are admitted to Incare if they have unresolved complex needs that cannot be met by their existing care team. These may be physical, psychological, social and/or spiritual needs. They can also be admitted where they have an active, progressive and usually advanced disease for which the prognosis is limited and the focus of care is on quality of life.
Day Therapy offers support and help to enhance a patient’s quality of life through a 12 week structured programme of care to include education, relaxation and regular assessment of their needs.
Patients with primary or secondary lymphoedema can be referred to our clinic and will be assessed by a specialist nurse.