Palliative Care

We help people with a life-limiting illness to have a better quality of life, and to manage symptoms.


Our unique local combination of hospital and community nursing teams mean you or your loved one can move easily between home and hospital as your illness shifts.

By combining medical, emotional, psychological and spiritual support we enable a person to live with dignity, peace and comfort for the duration of their illness.

KDH has a palliative care suite at the hospital, giving families a place to stay close by their loved one while our team looks after them at the end of life.

Palliative Respite Care

Sometimes carers need a break from the full-time and exhausting work of looking after a loved one. It is important to recognise your own needs, and to ask for help.

Our hospital ward has two dedicated palliative respite beds that can be booked for up to two weeks at a time. It means our acute ward professionals can take care of your loved one around the clock so you can take a break and look after yourself.

It gives you the chance to see your family and friends, get things done or just sleep to recharge your batteries before resuming your care role.