Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Palliative Care

Our palliative care specialists are here to help patients with advanced progressive or life-limiting illness and their families to enjoy the best possible quality of life they can, and to help them in facing problems associated with these conditions.

They aim to prevent and relieve suffering by early identification and treatment of pain and other problems, and provide the physical, psychological, social and spiritual support their patients and their families need.

Referral information for GPs

Specialist palliative care support

Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust has a hospital-based palliative care team on its Chichester and Worthing sites.

We have a team of nurse specialists on each site supported by the medical teams from St Barnabas House Hospice in Worthing  and St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Chichester.

The Trust has very close working relationships with all the community palliative care providers in the area and we greatly value their support to our hospital teams:

Any patient with palliative care needs within the hospital setting can be referred by the medical and nursing team looking after them.

It is occasionally appropriate for a patient or carer to make a direct referral and in that case the Palliative Care Team will liaise with the ward or area concerned.

Support from the team will often include:

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Support with discharge planning
  • Psychological and emotional support
  • Education of staff

End of life care

Some patients will always die in hospital, either by choice or necessity, and as an organisation we take the provision of care to patients at the end of their lives very seriously.

We work very closely with community colleagues to ensure that wherever possible the co-ordination of care enables the individual to die in their place of choice. 

We make every effort to support both the patient and their carers with respect and dignity at all times, including clear communication, excellent symptom control and provision of the best environment we can deliver.

Although every member of the multi-disciplinary team is responsible for the provision of excellent care, the hospital palliative care team take responsibility for the development of services and education.

We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone and can appear to be very confusing.

We would encourage people to ask staff for support and information if they feel it is lacking, as we know staff will do their best to provide the correct level of care and will ask for support from the palliative care team if the situation is beyond their skill or experience.

Please do ask for the booklet “The End of Life… and understanding the changes that occur.” This explains what happens to an individual when they are dying and how you might best support them.

Other tools and guidance that we might use to care for our patients at this sad time are:

  • Area guidance on end of life care
  • Advance care plans
  • Do not attempt cardio pulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR)
  • Individualised care plans
  • PEACE tool

These will be discussed with the patient wherever possible and with their permission the team will involve families and carers in this planning process.

If you have any queries or questions please make contact with a member of the palliative care team

Our End of Life Care Strategy is available to download at the foot of this page.

Palliative care contacts

St Richard’s Hospital: 01243 831789 or  01243 788122 ext 2819 (9.00 am – 5.00 pm, Monday-Friday)
Worthing Hospital: 01903  205111 ext 84801 (9.00 am – 5.00 pm, Monday-Friday)

Matron: Mrs Debbie Peters – 07917 557867 (9.00 am – 5.00 pm, Monday-Friday)
Lead Manager: Mr Tim Hutson – 01243 788122 ext 2508

Out of hours please make direct contact with the relevant ward


Contact Details

  • Tel: 01243 788122 (St Richard's) or 01903 205111 (Worthing)



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