Palliative care


What is palliative care?

Palliative care refers to the support we give to those with a life-threatening or terminal illness. It is a form of end of life care which focuses on pain relief and supporting patients and their family, friends and carers with the effects of terminal illness. 

Palliative care is often associated with patients undergoing cancer treatment – but we provide end of life care for any condition that patients can't recover from. 

NHS end of life care: helping you cope with terminal illness

The palliative care team has specialist skills in pain relief and symptom management and provides emotional support and advice on terminal illness.

Our team works closely with the occupational therapy and physiotherapy departments, as well as chaplaincy teams and community palliative care services, including local hospices and community providers.

Palliative care: our team of medical specialists

The palliative care team is a multidisciplinary service that works across all three hospitals in our trust – Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital. 

The team works closely with all health care professionals involved in a patient's end of life care. GPs or hospital consultants remain responsible for clinical care and treatment, and any suggested changes will be discussed fully with them.


Do you have an appointment?

Find your ward

  • Barnet Hospital

    Wellhouse Lane
    EN5 3DJ        

    Patient enquiries: 0845 111 4000 ext 4446 

  • Chase Farm Hospital

    The Ridgeway
    EN2 8JL 

    Patient enquiries: 0845 111 4000 ext 4446 

    GP enquiries: 020 8216 4446

  • Royal Free Hospital

    Pond Street
    NW3 2QG

    Patient enquiries: 020 7830 2084 (outpatients reception)


Referral details

Referrals to the palliative care team for community or in-patient advice can be made by any health care professional with the agreement of the doctor responsible for the patient’s care. Out-patient appointments can be made following a referral from a GP. Tertiary referrals are also available.

We also have a cancer services directory which was designed for healthcare professionals. It has full listings of all contact numbers for cancer and haematology at the trust.

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