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"Go to the truth beyond the mind. Love is the bridge."


Website Links

Local Hospice Services

Eden Valley Hospice, Carlisle
Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland
Hospice at Home West Cumbria
St Mary's Hospice, Ulverston

Local Cancer Information Services

Cancer Information Service West Cumberland Hospital

Information about hospices/links to training courses nationally

Hospice Information

News/events/links to many other palliative care sites locally, nationally and internationally

National Council for Hospice and Specialist Palliative Care Services


National Forum for Hospice at Home
Macmillan Cancer Relief
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
Living with dying-the patients experience
International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (includes on-line palliative care manual)
Wellbeing in Dying

For more information about cancer

Macmillan Cancer Information
Northern Cancer Network
University of Newcastle UK guide to internet resources for cancer
National Cancer Institute (Major US review articles)

For more information about non-cancer diagnoses

Alzheimers society
Motor Neurone Disease Association
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Parkinsons Disease society
Stroke Association
Terrence Higgins Trust (AIDS or HIV infection)
British Heart Foundation
Mencap (Learning Disability)

Caring for Carers

Caring for Carers Professional Information
Caring for someone with cancer
NHS Choices resources for Carers

Looking after yourself

Support 4 doctors (Royal Medical Benevolent Fund project)
Doctors for doctors (British Medical Association confidential counselling service)
Primary care support services for doctors in Wales
Sacred Space Foundation

For more information about prescribing and therapeutics

British National Formulary
Palliative care formulary. Includes syringe driver drug compatibility charts
Palliative medicine matters. Book catalogue, links, syringe driver prescribing information
Electronic Medicines Compendium

Exploring what matters most

Preferred priorities for care
Aging with dignity: The five wishes
The four things that matter most Dr Ira Block

Updated March 2011

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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