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Cransley Hospice accepts referrals for patients aged 18 and over who live in North Northamptonshire who have complex care needs and who are suffering from a progressive life-limiting illness when a cure is no longer possible.

Patients may need physical, emotional and spiritual care and support.

All referrals must have the consent of the patient.

Inpatient referrals

Referrals must be from; GPs, Hospital Consultants and their teams (in liaison with the Hospital Palliative Care Team), Community Nursing and other providers of domiciliary nursing care.

If you wish to discuss a possible hospice admission please call Cransley Hospice: 03000 274200


Hospice at Home support

There are three teams that provide care to support patients in their own home or care home:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialists and Senior Nurses 
  • Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy teams 
  • The Specialist Occupational Therapy team 

If you wish to discuss a possible referral for Hospice at Home care please call 03000 271300

Acceptance of patient referrals

Patient referrals are considered as invividual cases and accepted when a patient has complex care needs or when suffering from a progressive life-limiting illness when a cure is no longer possible.  Some patients may be referred to an alternative, appropriate service.

Inpatient referral for symptom control

Cransley Hospice accepts referrals for patients with complex symptoms that are not improving despite treatment. The symptoms may be a combination of physical, such as pain or nausea, emotional or spiritual.  Most patients will stay less than two weeks before discharge, by which time symptoms are usually under control.


Inpatient referral for last days of life care

Cransley Hospice accept referrals for care in the last days of life where a patient has expressed a wish to come to the hospice.

Hospice at Home support

The Hospice at Home support team assist with end of life care when a patient prefers to remain at home whether this is their own home, a care home or long-term care facility.

They can support when a patient is discharged from the hospice or hospital and assist a patient to avoid them being inappropriately admitted to hospital in the last days of life.

The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Referrals for Hospice at Home care and support are accepted between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

There are three teams who provide care and support for patients at home

Clinical Nurse Specialists and Senior Nurses

The Clinical Nurse Specialists and Registered Nurses have specialist knowledge and qualifications in cancer and palliative care.

The team can provide advice on pain control, management of difficult symptoms and emotional support for patients. They provide information about the illness and its management, as well as plan for future care.

This service operates Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.

Therapy Teams

This team consists of specialist Physiotherapists, and Occupational Therapists.

The Therapy Team is based at Cransley Hospice, however the team will offer community teams expert advice or carry out domiciliary visits if necessary with an emphasis on reducing hospital admissions in conjunction with ensuring quality of life and supporting accelerated discharge from an inpatient setting.

The emphasis of physiotherapy is on maximising patients’ ability to function, promote independence and help patients adapt to their condition. A large part of the Physiotherapists’ role is to provide non-pharmacological management of symptoms i.e. fatigue, breathlessness, sweats or pain.

The specialist Occupational Therapy Team offers assessment, identification of impact of the illness on patients’ daily occupations, analysis and problem solving, joint working with patient/carer and provision of equipment to aid daily living.

This service operates Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

Hospice at Home support

This team consists of Registered Nurses and Care Assistants who are experienced in end of life care.

The team provide nursing care, symptom control and emotional support to facilitate care at home in conjunction with existing community services.

The aims of this service are:

  • To assist with end of life care where the preferred place of care is in the home (including care homes or other long-term care facilities)
  • To support rapid discharge from hospice and hospital
  • Crisis intervention to avoid inappropriate admission in the last days of life.

This service operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week and referrals are accepted between 9 am and 5 pm.

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