Hospices provide palliative care for patients with life -threatening illness, along with help and advice for carers. Care can also be provided in the community, through day services. Most people receiving hospice services have cancer, but care is also provided for people with HIV- related illness and some advanced, degenerative, neurological disorders such as motor neurone disease.
Some private nursing and rest homes also specialise in the care of the terminally ill. Support is provided for carers before and after the death of a patient. Macmillan Nurses work at the hospices and can be contacted there.
The main hospitals in Leeds are St Gemma's Hospice and Sue Ryder Care Wheatfields - see their contact information below. Admission is arranged through your doctor or hospital consultant and they should be able to advice you about these and any others in your area, and how to apply to them.
Care at home
Many people with life-threatening illnesses choose to stay in their own homes and be treated there. The hospices below also provide community support for patients in their own homes, and a day hospice.
Hospices in Leeds
- West Leeds: Wheatfields Hospice
Grove Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 2AE Tel: 0113 278 7249
- East Leeds: St Gemma's Hospice
Harrogate Road, Moortown, Leeds, LS17 6QD Tel: 0113 218 5500
You can be referred by a GP or a hospital.