Referral Criteria (Inpatient Unit)
- Aged 18 years or over
- Diagnosed with an advanced,progressive incurable condition.
- Complex needs which require specialist supportive and palliative care which may include physical, emotional, psycho-social, spiritual and rehabilitation needs
- Patient requires short-term assessment,symptom control and/or specialist rehabilitation.
- Complex symptom management in the last days of life.
Referral Procedure (Inpatient Unit)
- Admission to the Inpatient unit follows a referral to Medical staff by telephone from GP, Hospital medical staff, Clinical Nurse Specialist, District Nurse, or Allied Health Professional on 0151 529 6032 or 0151 529 8674.
- The waiting list is reviewed daily. New admissions are decided by clinical priority on a daily basis.
- For admissions from hospitals or other hospices, the referring team should organise the appropriate transport.
- For admissions from the community the ward staff on Woodlands Inpatient Unit should book the appropriate ambulance if required.
- Patients should be asked to bring in their current non-controlled medication. They should also bring a list of their current controlled medication.
Patients from 'outside the area' may be accepted on an extra contractual basis and when funding has been agreed prior to admission. It is the responsibility of the referring team to seek the ECR funding.
Any queries regarding the referral criteria or procedure can be discussed with the Clinical Lead or Ward Manager on 0151 529 2299