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It’s estimated there are over over 16,000 people in Hackney providing care for a relative or friend. We believe every one of those people deserves the support necessary to thrive in their role.

End of Life Care

We can find it difficult to talk openly about death and dying and receiving the news that someone we care for is nearing the end of their life can be difficult and distressing. Help and support is available from a range of sources including those involved in providing care for the person that you care for whether their life ends at home, in a hospital, hospice or care home. It is also important that the needs of the carer is recognised and that appropriate support is available for both the carer and cared for.  

Visit our help and advice section for further information on caring for someone who is end of life.

You can also contact us to talk about any support we can help you with.

In Hackney

St Joseph’s Hospice cares for and supports people aged over 18 years who have a life-limiting condition which cannot be cured, or who have a terminal illness. In-patient, day hospice, community-based and out-patient services are available to people living in the City of London and the boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham.

St Joseph's Hospice offers a wide range of palliative care services including:

  • nursing and medical care 
  • emotional support
  • practical advice
  • physical and psychological therapies
  • spiritual care (for those who want it)
  • social and creative activities.  

If you would like to talk to them about making a referral or whether you or someone you know is eligible to receive care here, please contact St Joseph's First Contact team on 0300 30 30 400.

The Palliative Care Team at Homerton Hospital provides specialist palliative and end of life care to any patient living with serious or life-limiting illness (this includes patients with cancer and non-cancer diagnoses) and offers support to families and carers. They manage complex symptoms such as pain, nausea, breathing difficulties, and fatigue among others. Recognising that the spiritual, emotional, psychological, and practical worries can be as important as the physical problems, they provide support with these aspects of care.

Their team includes a medical consultant, a lead nurse palliative care, clinical nurse specialists, a social worker, and clinical psychologists. They are an advisory service and we cover all areas of the hospital, and Mary Seacole Nursing Home. All patients seen remain under the care of their referring medical or ward team.