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St Barnabas House is able to offer experienced palliative care advice to healthcare professionals by telephone 24 hours a day. This advice can be accessed regardless of whether or not the patient they wish to discuss is known to the hospice.


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The advice needed may be medical, nursing or about general palliative care issues. We also offer telephone advice to the medical and nursing teams at Worthing and Southlands hospitals.

If you are a patient or carer looking for advice, please visit our Access to Advice page under our Patients category.

During office hours

Please phone the Community team where you will be put through to a trained nurse. You can either leave a message or, if urgent, advice can be given immediately.

  • Community Team 01903 706300

Evenings and overnight

If you are calling for advice out of hours please call echo on 01903 254789. If the nurse is able to, she will answer your query. Where more complex advice is required a nurse specialist or palliative care consultant can be contacted.

  • General hospice switchboard 01903 706300

Advice at home

The Community Palliative Care Team works with the Primary Care Team supporting people in their own homes, this service is now available seven days a week.

A team of nurses work in small teams covering the Worthing, Arun and Adur areas. Healthcare professionals are able to contact any of the three to four nurses working in their area for information, advice and support during weekdays.

Weekend Advice

Where urgent specialist advice or support is needed at weekends and Bank Holidays, a Specialist Nurse can be telephoned and a visit arranged if necessary. The nurse works closely with the local out-of-hours services to support patients at home, and can facilitate admission to the hospice if required.

One nurse covers the whole of the St Barnabas House catchment area at weekends and Bank Holidays. This is a large area, so if advice is needed when the nurse is visiting, telephone calls will be diverted to the ward nurses during that time.

The St Barnabas Community Specialist Nurse is available:

  • 9am – 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
  • Via the St Barnabas House switchboard on 01903 706300

When calling, please ask to be connected to the Community Team.

There is a separate mobile telephone number available for healthcare professionals only. Please contact the Community Team for the number if you require it.

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