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Palliative Care

We have all experienced the deaths of loved ones. Often these deaths will have been peaceful and dignified, but sometimes they will have been unpleasant. My colleagues and I at Ipswich & East Suffolk CCG are working hard to ensure that more people have a positive experience of NHS care at the end of their lives. We simply want more people to have the end of life care that we would wish for ourselves and for our families.

Much progress has been made already in helping people who want to die at home to do so. Our colleagues at St. Elizabeth Hospice and in the local community healthcare teams have helped to provide excellent care at home for those with terminal illnesses. Obviously, care at Ipswich Hospital continues for patients for whom home care is not appropriate.

We are continuing to build upon recent achievements, but we know that we have more work to do to help terminally ill patients and their families. The information below provides lots of information about services for patients at the ends of their lives.  We hope that you find it informative and helpful.

This page offers information about the range of palliative & end of life care services available in the Ipswich and East Suffolk area.

It also includes links to other palliative care information which may be of interest. These pages are aimed at both people who may need to use palliative care services & those who provide them. 

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is defined by NICE as follows:

Palliative care is the active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness. Management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social and spiritual support is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families. Many aspects of palliative care are also applicable earlier in the course of the illness in conjunction with other treatments.

Palliative care aims to:

  • Affirm life and regard dying as a normal process
  • Provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Integrate the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
  • Offer a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
  • Offer a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement

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