Services at ACCORD

Access and Referral

Hospice care is provided free of charge and is available to patient’s age 18 years of age and over who have been diagnosed with a progressive life limiting illness.

We accept referrals for:

  • Management of complex physical symptoms
  • Management of complex emotional / spiritual distress
  • Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) assessment and rehabilitation
  • End of life care

The Hospice operates an equal access policy such that no patient shall be disadvantaged in any aspect of their care as a consequence of cultural, racial, sexual or social characteristics or any form of handicap.

Clinical referrals

General Practitioners should refer via SCI gateway. For those that do not have access to SCI gateway a paper referral form can be posted or downloaded and emailed to the Hospice Generic Mailbox: GG-UHB.AccordHospice@nhs.net

The ACCORD Hospice Referral Form can be found by clicking here

The referral form should be completed in full to allow us to provide an efficient and focused service to the patient. If appropriate, please ensure patients have had recent bloods taken.

The information received from the electronic referral will inform the Hospice Matching Need to Care Team’s (MNTC) decision making. We will respond to the urgency of the referral and take full consideration of the patient’s identified needs. We will assess the referral and pass it to the most appropriate service.

New referrals are discussed daily by the MNTC Team and advice sought from Consultants in Palliative Medicine if required. The waiting list to prioritise inpatient admissions will be discussed daily at our morning clinical meeting.

Patients can be referred to the hospice by any healthcare professional, providing the referral has been discussed with and agreed to by the patient and the patient’s GP and / or hospital Consultant.