Fife also has a Specialist Palliative Care Service, comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians who can assist in more complex cases or where specialist input is required. As well as the direct delivery of frontline care to patients in Fife’s hospices and in the community, the Specialist Palliative Care Service can also provide expert guidance and support to other healthcare professionals who are delivering palliative care to patients in the Kingdom.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, most of Fife’s Specialist Palliative Care staff worked in the two hospice units, with a very small team in the hospital and community. The pandemic meant that many more patients chose to stay at home, and because of this change, the service adapted and moved some of its hospice staff to work in the community. This has meant that many more people are now able to receive palliative care in their own homes. Hospice beds are still available for people whose needs can’t be met at home.