Strathcarron Hospice employs 14 Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) who can visit you at home and help you and your family work through any issues that are important to you.  They can give you information about your illness and treatment as well as advice on how to get the most relief from any symptoms that you are experiencing.  They are also very experienced in listening to how you feel and identifying what your wishes are about your future care.  They work closely with your GP and Community Nurses to make sure your care is as seamless as possible. They also work closely with the medical staff and other services based at Strathcarron Hospice and they can refer you to any of these where this is required.

In many cases the main difficulties can be eased significantly as a result of the CNS’s support.  The CNS may then reduce the number of visits or stop visiting until you require this type of support in the future.

The CNS team are often confused with Macmillan nurses, which is incorrect – all your community specialist palliative care nursing comes direct from Strathcarron Hospice, and are funded by Strathcarron Hospice.

Who is this service for?

Anyone living at home with a life limiting illness, where symptoms are causing distress despite all first line interventions and where the impact of illness is depleting the ability to live well.

What do they do / what difference do they make?

The Community Teams provide essential services which include:

  • Assessment and advice on the management of your symptoms
  • Emotional support in dealing with anxieties and fears related to illness and treatment (Patient and families)
  • Assessment for access to support from other Strathcarron Hospice services, including Day Care; In-patient care; Complementary Therapy; [email protected] and Bereavement Services
  • Provide telephone advice for patients and families
  • Work closely with your existing healthcare team

More Information

Home Care Information Leaflet

How to refer

Advice on how to refer to all our services