What does the service provide for end of life care patients and their carers?
The Marie Curie Nursing Service makes it possible for people who are seriously ill with cancer and other terminal illnesses to stay in the comfort of their own home at the end of their lives rather than go into hospital or a hospice.
The Marie Curie Nursing Service provides nursing care for the patient as well as practical and emotional advice and support to the patient, their families and carers.
Marie Curie Nurses are asked to visit patients in their home for a particular reason, for example to monitor the effects of a change in a patient’s medication or to provide a period of nursing care, which allows carers to get some rest. They also have time to listen to any concerns about the patient’s illness or treatment.
This service is free to patients with any terminal illnesses who are in their last six months of life.
For further information please read the introduction to the Marie Curie Nursing Service leaflet below, or visit the Marie Curie Cancer Care website.
How do patients and carers access this service?
Referrals are made through the patient's District Nurse.
Hours of availability
Marie Curie Nurses work around the clock, often through the night allowing families and carers to rest, knowing that the person they are caring for is in safe hands. They can provide care at anytime of the day, with each visit lasting between three to nine hours.
What catchment area does this service cover?
The whole of Somerset.
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Marie Curie House
Tel: (01884) 703502