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"Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean."


Please Note: This website is under re-development as of January 2013.


Welcome to the Cumbria Palliative Care website, an online palliative care education and information resource. The website is managed by Hospice at Home West Cumbria and governed by the Cumbria Palliative Care Education Group which is a multi-agency group that is responsible for establishing a comprehensive information and education framework that supports the provision of palliative care in Cumbria.

This site was originally developed by Janet Ferguson, Eileen Palmer and Tim Sowton, health care professionals in palliative care in North Cumbria, UK but in 2013 we are updating and expanding the website to include relevant information for members of the public, information about all palliative care services across the whole of Cumbria and an update of clinical information.

Through this website we aim to offer information, advice and support in palliative care for both health care professionals and members of the public that is tailored to meet their needs. It enhances the knowledge and skills of health professionals caring for palliative care patients and provides the public with useful and up to date information about palliative and end of life care.

We endorse the principals of the Royal College of Nursing and Royal College of General Practitioners End of Life Care Patient Charter and urge all health and social care professionals to promote the Charter in every care setting.

Individual authorship and copyright of the different sections of the site is indicated where appropriate.

We would like to say a special thank you to KCS Computer Services for all their help, expertise and support in the development and relaunch of this website, and to Diane Gainey for her kind permission to use her artwork throughout the website.

Important News

Important Changes in Cumbria Palliative Care Prescribing Practice

Cumbria is changing practice, from 1st April 2011.

The Area Prescribing Committee has recommended the following changes:

  • All strong opioids are to be prescribed by brand name
  • "Just in Case" prescribing is to be encouraged and promoted
  • Morphine is to replace diamorphine as the subcutaneous injectable strong opioid of choice for palliative care patients in Cumbria


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North Cumbria Pallative Care website

The award winning North Cumbria Palliative Care website continues to receive around 30,000 page views a year. This is 82 page views every single day of the year, 2,500 hits every month, without any publicity or advertising program.


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