Palliative Care

The Lewisham Macmillan Palliative Care Team provide a specialist palliative care service to Lewisham Hospital inpatients and a community service to the population in the borough of Lewisham. 

The team provide advice and support to healthcare teams who care for people with advanced progressive illness from both malignant and non-malignant conditions.

Who is the service for?

The Team accept referrals for adults (18 years or older) with advanced progressive illnesses from malignant or non-malignant conditions.  Where possible, the patient, and if not, the carer, should be informed and in agreement with the referral.

What conditions does the department treat?

The Lewisham Macmillan Palliative Care Team provides a service to patients with progressive life limiting illness.  Conditions include cancer, advanced organ failure (e.g. COPD, heart and renal failure) and neurological diseases.

What services are provided?

The team provide advice and support to address the patients’ physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.  When the patient reaches the end stage of their illness, the aim is to achieve a dignified death in the place of their choice, where possible.  The team provides psychological support to the patients’ families and carers to help them during the person’s illness and to prepare them for bereavement and support them after the death of their loved one.

Why choose the Lewisham Macmillan Palliative Care Team?

  • The team provide a combined hospital and community specialist palliative care service, 7 days week. 
  • Advice to healthcare professionals is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  The combined service also aids co-ordination of care between hospital and community settings.  For patients who wish to remain at home when they are dying, the team work closely with district nurse and GP colleagues to support patients and families to achieve this where possible.
  • The Lewisham Macmillan Palliative Care Team has extended to 7 day a week visiting.  As part of an integrated acute and community trust, the Team has worked closely with its district nursing colleagues to develop an overnight district nursing service to improve out of hours support for patients with palliative care needs.

How can you get a referral?

Any hospital or community healthcare professional involved with the patient who has sufficient clinical information.  Hospital inpatient referrals should be made with the agreement of the responsible Consultant and community referrals with the agreement of the GP.

The Team is unable to accept self-referrals.


Available service

Contact details

Contact Details

Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

Routine service

Hospital Team: 020 8333 3017

Community Team: 020 833 3017

Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 9am to 5pm

Urgent service for patients and healthcare professionals provided by a Clinical Nurse Specialist

Via LHT switchboard (0208 333 3000)

Outside these hours, patients and families should contact their daytime district nurse, overnight nursing services or out of hours GP service for advice.

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