Information for Professionals


Eligibility for referral into the in-patient unit at Wakefield Hospice

Eligibility for referral into Wakefield Hospice specialist palliative care service is based upon patient need and not a diagnosis.
• Patients will have active, progressive and usually advanced disease for which the prognosis is limited (although it may be several years) and the focus of care is upon quality of life
• The patient has unresolved complex needs that cannot be met by the community or hospital caring team. These needs may be physical, psychological, social and / or spiritual. Examples may include complicated symptoms, difficult family situations, or ethical issues regarding treatment decisions

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Admission Criteria
The patient will need to have been assessed and referred to the hospice by a member of one of the specialist palliative care teams, by their general practitioner or their hospital consultant.

Please note that where a patient has documented or stated that their “Preferred Place of Death” is in the hospice that in the absence of an unmet specialist palliative care need, “Preferred Place of Death” in isolation would not meet the criteria required for a hospice admission”

For information on Admission to the Day Therapy Unit please click here.