About our department

The Specialist Palliative Care Team provides care, advice and support to patients who have active, progressive and life limiting conditions, who are over 18  and live in Tameside and Glossop.

The team can see patients who are admitted to Tameside Hospital and can see patients in their own homes or in care homes. The team consists of Specialist Palliative Care nurses, Palliative Respite workers, Doctors and Consultants. All are trained to provide help with pain and symptom control, psychological, social and spiritual care.

The team works closely with other health care professionals such as GPs, District Nurses, Hospital Consultants and Social Workers to provide the right care at the right time for each patient.

The Palliative Respite team are based in community alongside the Community Specialist Palliative Care team. They are health care assistants who specialise in end of life care and can assist with personal care, night sits and day sits.

The team works closely with colleagues at Willow Wood Hospice and can refer patients in to their specialist services as needed.

If you feel you or a loved one would benefit from a referral to our service, please discuss with your GP or District Nurse if the patient is in community, or with the hospital team which is providing care at the time. They can make a referral if needed.

The Community Specialist Palliative Care Team are currently available seven days a week, 9am - 5pm. Should you wish to speak to one of the our nurses, the best times to contact the service are 9am - 10am and 4pm - 5pm. Alternatively, please leave a message on the answer phone and we will contact you on our return to the office.

The Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Team are available seven days a week, 9am-5pm and can be contacted via 07818 014503 or 0161 922 6686. Please leave a message if your call cannot be answered immediately and we will return your call.

The Palliative Respite Team are available 8:30am-5pm, Monday to Sunday. One member of this team is available to provide a night sit in the patient’s home to provide support to patients, their carers and family when required.