Palliative care


Palliative care is the care of any patient who has a life limiting illness regardless of the stage of the illness. The aim of palliative care is to achieve the
best quality of life for patients and their carers. 

The service cares for patients who have cancer and also other non-cancer conditions such as COPD, heart failure, chronic neurological conditions and end stage kidney disease.  The Macmillan palliative care team have specialist training and experience in controlling pain and other symptoms associated with chronic illness. 

The team work with other professionals involved in the care of the patient to improve any symptoms and will also offer emotional and psychological support to both patients and their families. 

An advisory service for health care professionals is provided out-of-hours by St Christopher’s Hospice on 0208 768  4500.

The department support staff caring for patients who are spending the end of their life in the hospital and deliver training to staff who care for dying patient across the Trust to ensure patients are given the correct level of dignity at the end of their life and that family members are included in the support. 

They provide:

  • Pain and symptom control advice
  • Support for those facing the end of life in hospital
  • Emotional and psychological support for patients and their carers
  • Liaise with our community palliative care team colleagues to refer patients for ongoing specialist palliative care support when they leave hospital
  • Advice on complex discharge planning
  • Liaise with local hospice colleagues



Contact information

The team welcomes professional liaison.


Palliative Care Team

Croydon University Hospital

530 London Road




Tel: 020 8401 3000


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