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End of Life Care

We aim to treat people with dignity and respect and, where possible, in their preferred place of care, and to ensure they receive high standards of care at the end of their life.

What is end of life care?

End of life care (sometimes referred to as palliative care) helps anyone with an advanced, progressive, incurable illness to enable them to live as well as possible until they die. It enables the care needs of both patients and their family to be identified and met throughout the last phase of life and into bereavement.

It includes management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social, spiritual and practical support.

Different illnesses and the person's treatment will affect when they require end of life care/support. Some people consider and plan ahead for such a time.  It may reduce worries and give peace of mind to know that the things they feel to be important are discussed and organised. 

It can be about accepting changes and limitations whilst considering options and choices which improve someone's quality of life.

Who provides it?

Who provides the care and advice depends on the support required. This can be provided by a variety of professionals including GPs, community nurses, social workers, therapists, and voluntary organisations.

Carers may require additional support and there are also services available from the Carers Service.

Palliative and end of life care can help with: 

  • Symptom management
  • Adjusting to living with a palliative illness
  • Information to help you make choices about treatment and care
  • Support to help you discuss what is important to you
  • Advice on benefits and financial help
  • Professional assessment for equipment and aids
  • Carer/family support
  • Bereavement support

There is also a Specialist Palliative Care team based at East Lancashire Hospice.  This team is Consultant led and offers services to people in their own home and at the Hospice. It supports the communities of Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley. 

How to get in touch

The starting point should be your own GP, district nurse or community matron who will be able to refer you to the services you need.

Useful contacts

East Lancashire Hospice
Address: Park Lee Road. Blackburn. BB2 3NY
Phone: 01254 733400

Carers Service (Blackburn with Darwen)
Address: Greenhurst Place, Blackburn, BB2 1NA
Phone: 01254 688440
Fax: 01254 688441

Useful websites


NHS end of life care guide


Dying Matters Coalition


National Council for Palliative Care



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If you are unsure the Adult Social Care Customer Liaison Team may be able to advise you. You can contact them from 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on (01254) 587547.

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