Primrose at the Princess
Primrose at the Princess creates an environment which allows a specialist medical and nursing team to meet the needs of patients with cancer or life limiting conditions. The unit works in partnership with; Palliative Care Team, GPs, District Nurses, the Alexandra and other hospitals, along with Primrose at Home Team and other Community services.
For many patients being admitted to a new environment can be a worrying experience. Primrose at the Princess staff aim to provide care and comfort to patients with cancer or life limiting conditions e.g. Multiple Sclerosis.
Many people believe that when they are admitted to the Primrose Unit (some prefer to call it the “hospice”) it is for end of life/ terminal care only. This is not true! Although patients are admitted for end of life care there are other reasons for admission, for example:
- Pain control
- Symptom control
- Reassessment of needs
The Unit is very much patient focussed. There is no routine to the day; staff empower the patients to state what they wish to do throughout each day - within reason!
Primrose at the Princess provides a comfortable and relaxed environment for both patients and their families. There are six ensuite bedrooms all with: Profiling bed , Air coolers in all rooms , TV with either Video or DVD, Wall mounted fridge, CD player.
Palliative care is holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness. Management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social and spiritual support is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families. Many aspects of palliative care are also applicable earlier in the course of the illness in conjunction with other treatments.
Supportive care helps the patient and their family to cope with their condition and treatment of it – from pre- diagnosis, through the process of diagnosis and treatment, to cure, continuing illness or death and into bereavement. It helps the patient to maximise the benefits of treatment and to live as well as possible with the effects of the disease. It is given equal priority alongside diagnosis and treatment.
Care given in the last few days of life.
Palliative Care Team
The Palliative Care Team consists of:
- Consultant in Palliative Medicine
- Community Macmillan Team
- Hospital Macmillan Nurse
- Macmillan Lung Cancer Support Nurse
- Upper GI Support Nurse
- Primrose Day Hospice Staff
- Primrose at the Princess Unit Staff
Whether you are at home or in hospital the team are able to access your medical records via a computerised system, which allows them to give you the best possible advice/support. This system is covered by The Data Protection Act and if you have any problems with this you must speak with a member of the team caring for you.