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What is Palliative Care?


Palliative Care is a term that is used to describe the care given to people who have an illness that is not possible to cure and may get worse over time.  Patients may however be on treatments to slow progression of the illness.  The aims of palliative care are to help with pain or other troublesome symptoms and to look at ways of helping and supporting patients and their families / friends. 

Who provides Palliative Care?

Your GP, hospital doctor, nurse and other health care professional should be able to work with you to help improve the management of any symptoms you may have and help you to cope with your illness.  If they are finding it difficult to do this, they can invite a member of the specialist palliative care team to contribute.


Specialists in Palliative Care

You may meet a member of the specialist palliative care team at any stage of your illness.  The team does not take over your care (except in a hospice) but works closely with the professionals looking after you in hospital or at home.  Specialist Palliative Care provides expertise in symptom control as well as support and guidance to yourself and your family coping with the overall situation.

Specialist palliative care service across the Airedale, Bradford and Craven districts are provided by several teams who work together.  All the specialist teams have strong links with each other and with your consent have access to your electronic patient records.

The Specialist Palliative Care teams consist of healthcare professionals with experience in this area of care.  These can include:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Benefits Advisors
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Secretaries
  • Pharmacists
  • Psychologists
  • Chaplaincy Team
  • Complementary Therapists
  • Ethnic Liaison Workers for South Asian patients

 Who will have access to my information?

Your information will be held on a computer system and be available to staff caring for you.  If they need to tell anyone else they will ask your permission.  The informaiton may also be used to help plan the best services in the future.  If it is used in this way it will be made anonymous.  If you would like a written record of any consultation or visit, please let your key palliative care professional know.

Normal hours of work

All teams work Monday to Friday, between 8.30am and 5pm (excluding Bank Holidays).  They all have answer phones where messages can be left outside these times, and when there is nobody in the office during the day.

Out of hours service

There is a 24 hour, 7 days a week consultant on call service which your doctor or nurse can call for advice via the hospices.  You may also have been referred to the Goldline, which is accessible 24/7 and where you can access telephone support from senior nurses.


Our Services

Airedale and Craven

Airedale Hospital Palliative Care Team
visit patients in Airedale Hospital. Telephone: 01535 292184. 

Airedale and Craven Community Palliative Care Team are based at Manorlands Hospice, Sue Ryder, in Oxenhope; the Craven team member also has a base at Skipton Hospital.  Members of this team can visit you in your own home, and work closely with your GP and district nurses. 
Telephone: 01535 642308.  


Bradford Hospital Palliative Care Team
visits patients in Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke's Hospital.  Telephone: 01274 364035.  

Bradford Community Palliative Care Team are based at the Marie Curie Hospice, Maudsley Street, Bradford.  A member of the team can visit you in your own home, and work closely with your GP and district nurse.  Telephone: 01274 323511 


There are two hospices which can offer you support at any stage in your illness.  They offer admission for help with difficult symptoms, emotional problems, rehabilitation and terminal care.  They also offer day therapy and bereavement support.  The hospices can provide you with information booklets, and arrangements can be made through your doctor or nurse for a visit to show you around and explain their services.

The hospices are:

Sue Ryder, Manorlands        CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Hebden Road                                  
Oxenhope, Keighley
BD22 9HJ
Telephone: 01535 642308

The Marie Curie Hospice               CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Maudsley Street
Telephone: 01274 337000

Pendleside Hospice                       CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Colne Road
BB10 2LW
Telephone: 01282 440123

Hospice at Home Services

Airedale Hospice at Home Team are based at Airedale Hospital.  This team works alongside existing community services to provide nursing care and welfare benefits advice to Airedale residents towards the end of life.
Telephone numbers:  Nursing team:   01535 294656                  
                              Benefits advice: 01535 338716

Bradford Hospice at Home Team are based at the Marie Curie Hospice.  This team works alongside existing community services and out of hours service to provide nursing care towards the end of life for Bradford residents.
Telephone: 01274 323575 / 8                                                        

Marie Curie Nursing Service works in Bradford, Airedale and Craven districts to complement existing services.  The nurses are able to provide periods of nursing care in the home, day or night.  This service can be arranged via your district nurse.

Other useful support agencies

Bradford & Airedale Cancer Support
Daisy House Farm
44 Smith Lane

Telephone: 01274 776688 

Bradford Cancer Information Centre
Main Entrance, Bradford Royal Infirmary
Telephone: 01274 364307

Telephone: 0808 8080000

For sources of help and support with regard to other illnesses and self-help groups please CLICK HERE to go to our links and websites page.