Palliative care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care aims to achieve the best quality of life for patients and their carers throughout the course of their illness. Control of pain and other symptoms is of great importance, as is providing emotional and practical support. 

What can we offer?

As a team we can provide:

  • Advice on symptom control including pain, breathlessness, sickness and constipation
  • Emotional and practical support for patients and their carers
  • Support and advice to other health professionals
  • Referral to other team members for possible financial entitlements
  • Helping with preparing to return home
  • Outpatient follow up if necessary
  • Telephone advice
  • Referral to bereavement services if appropriate.
Who will be involved in my care?

Our team includes both medical and nursing staff.

Palliative Medicine Consultants

  • Dr Alison Mitchell
  • Dr Jane Edgecombe
  • Dr Eilidh Burns

There is also a Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine based in the department.

Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists

  • Karen MacKay
  • Jan Leeming
  • Liz Little
  • Rachael English.

Specialist Palliative Care Pharmacist

  • Paul Gallagher.
Where will I be treated?

Referral to the Specialist Palliative Care Team can be made by your doctor or nurse with the approval of your oncology consultant. We work closely with the oncology team who are looking after you at the Beatson.

When you are referred to the Specialist Palliative Care Team, a team member will come and assess you on the ward. You may need one visit, several visits or ongoing visits from the team. Everyone is different and we assess each person individually. We work as a team, so you may meet more than one member of the team.

Contact telephone numbers

The Palliative care secretaries can be contacted on 0141 301 7041

Further information

For more information on palliative care go to

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