How to refer a child or young person

We welcome referrals from family members or professionals for babies, children or young people who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting or life threatening condition.

Referrals can be made right from the point of diagnosis of their illness or condition, and the support provided will be tailored to the needs of the individual child/young person and family and is reviewed over time. Referrals may also be made for children who do not have a clear diagnosis, but whose medical history suggests that their life expectancy is likely to be reduced.

Please do not feel that a child must be nearing the end of life before referral, but do recognise that the family must be able to accept that their child's life expectancy will be limited in order to feel comfortable in a hospice environment.

With the family’s permission we will then contact their professional support team (GP, consultants, key workers etc) to gather up-to-date information about their child's current needs and likely future prognosis.

When all the information available is reviewed, a decision will be made about the appropriateness of hospice care for the child and family. The family and the involved professionals will be informed of this decision without delay. A typical period for completion of this referral process is approximately six weeks. There is no charge to families for the care offered.

To speak to someone about referring a child, call: 01509 638000 or click here to download a referral form.