The Crisis Team is a service from St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth to provide terminally ill patients a 72 hour window of specialist care at home.
The Crisis Team is another major milestone in our aim to reach out and care for even more local people at home as part of a “Hospice without Walls”.
This service will care for patients at home including those in residential and nursing homes, in a time of crisis for a period of up to 72 hours; 7 days a week.
The core aim of our service is to ensure unnecessary hospital or hospice admissions are dramatically reduced. Responding within an hour, It is hoped a short 72 hour intervention could actually stabilise symptoms and avoid any unnecessary admission to Derriford or your local community hospital. The Crisis Team will also facilitate rapid discharge from hospital or Turnchapel back home.
Carer and family support
The service will also be there to assist and support families and carers who at times can be under immense pressure, supporting them to respond to a rapidly changing situation and enabling them to continue providing care. A crisis can take many forms, it may not be just medical it could be because of a social breakdown for a terminally ill patient where their care support network has temporarily broken down.
The Crisis Team will cover a vast area from Kingsbridge to Looe, via Plymouth and Tavistock.
Working alongside existing care professionals
St Luke’s will be providing care in partnership with other local Health Care Professionals, working alongside District Nurses, GPs and other charities like Marie Curie.
The service is operational 24 hours, 7 days a week. Access to the service is by referral only through your GP, District Nurse or other relevant health care professionals.