How do we provide symptom management and paediatric palliative care?

Many of the children we support have very complex symptoms which may change over time, particularly towards the end of life. Our specialist symptom management and palliative care enables very sick children to be supported and cared for both at home and at our hospices.

The team is led by a Dr AK Anderson a consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine – of which there are only seven in the country – and a team of lead nurses who are specially trained in symptom management.

The role of the team is to support the child’s own GP, their medical team and Children’s Community Nursing Team through assessment and advice on managing various symptoms including pain. The team also support both hospice teams in the delivery of symptom management, palliative and end of life care.