Integrated Care Partnership
OUT-PATIENT SERVICES at The Old Cottage Hospital or Fitznells Manor Surgery
Main Switchboard: 01372 724434
Cancer and Palliative Care in ICP
If you or someone close to you has just been diagnosed with cancer, or any other life threatening disease, you may not know what to expect and it can feel quite daunting, or even overwhelming. At ICP we aim to support your through this journey that you are facing by offering you information, as well as practical and emotional support.
For those with more advanced disease the practice works with the Gold Standards Framework for Palliative Care. This is a way of working that has been adopted by the practice, along with thousands of others across the UK. It involves us working together as a team. The team includes the district nurses, the hospice team, social services, and other professionals and local charitable organisations as necessary. We work closely with the Princess Alice Hospice team in order to provide the best care possible for patients and their families.
How will the Gold Standards framework affect you?
We will try to ensure that you and your family are helped to remain as physically well as possible and to remain as active as possible, for as long as possible. You should expect to be treated with dignity and respect and as an individual person.
The five goals of Gold Standards Framework are:
- That physical symptoms such as pain and sickness are anticipated and reduced where possible.
- That you feel you have some choice and control relating to your care, especially that your preferred place of care is discussed with you and observed as far as possible.
- That you feel a sense of safety and security, that you feel supported and informed, and forewarned of any potential problems or issues.
- That your family and/or carers feel supported, enabled and informed.
- That your primary health care team work effectively as a team together with other health professionals: that they communicate clearly and feel enabled to provide the best possible care and support for you.
For those people who are likely to require medical attention out of hours we will, with your permission, inform the out of hours service of your needs, so that the visiting doctor will have some prior knowledge of your condition, needs and wishes, and will therefore be able to treat you in the most appropriate way.
Other useful contact numbers
The Macmillan Butterfly Centre at Epsom Hospital provides a range of services to people affected by cancer. They have an information library and offer emotional support and a range of complementary therapies – all free of charge – to patients, carers and relatives. Tel : 01372 735456