Who can refer?
How to refer a child and family for support
We welcome referrals from family members or professionals for children who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition.
Referrals can be made right from the point of diagnosis of such an illness or condition, and the support provided will be tailored to the needs of the individual child and family and is reviewed over time. Referrals may also be made for children who do not have a clear diagnosis, but whose medical history suggests that their life expectancy is likely to be reduced.
Please do not feel that a child must be nearing the end of life before referral, but do recognise that the family must be able to accept that their child's life expectancy will be limited in order to feel comfortable in a hospice environment.
With the families permission we will then contact their professional support team (GP, consultants, key workers etc) to gather up-to-date information about their child's current needs and likely future prognosis.
When all the information available is reviewed, a decision will be made about the appropriateness of hospice care for the child and family. The family and the involved professionals will be informed of this decision without delay. A typical period for completion of this referral process is approximately six weeks. There is no charge to families for the care offered.
If you need more information or would like to make a referral then please do get in touch (referral contact details below). We are always here to help.
If you are a professional, you can find more information in our Professional area.