About NI Community Services
Northern Ireland Hospice Community Services cares for people with life-limiting illnesses in communities across Northern Ireland. Our nurses work closely with all healthcare professionals to ensure that every patient receives the highest standard of care in the comfort of their own home. Hospice Nurse Specialists, Hospice Community Nurses and Speciality Nurses in Palliative Care are nurses with specialist training in palliative care and have multiple years of experience in delivering specialist palliative care.
Our nurses work alongside your GP and District Nurse; they will listen to you to find out what the key issues are for you, and will work with you, your GP and District Nurse to make a plan to manage them. They will, in discussion with you, decide who should visit you to find out whether the plan has worked.
Our Hospice Nurse will make contact with you by telephone, discuss the referral they have received and will usually arrange to visit you to discuss your needs and find out what the key issues are for you. The first time they visit you they may be with you for approximately an hour and will talk to you about your illness, what treatment you have had and may be planning to have and what medication you are taking to manage your symptoms. Once they have completed their first visit they will arrange a date to see you again, which will be for approximately 30 – 40 minutes, depending on the plan for managing your key issues.
Your Hospice Nurse will continue to be involved in your care until the GP or District Nurse can manage your issues. If your issues resolve and you no longer need our service you will be discharged into the care of your GP and District Nurse. Hospice Nurses can also signpost you to relevant service that can offer you additional information, support or guidance.
Our nurses deliver this service Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, excluding bank holidays.
In the video below, Hospice Nurse Specialist Leanne gives an overview of her day-to-day role.