Community services Our community specialist palliative care nurses provide a service for patients, families or carers, at home or in care homes. This could be at the time of diagnosis or at any point throughout an illness. They undertake a comprehensive nursing assessment to find out exactly what patients and families need, then offer advice and support as required, to form an individualised plan of care. The community team works in partnership with other health professionals like district nurses, social carers and GPs. The service is run in addition to the care these people may already provide and does not replace it. They work to support that care and to boost it when times are particularly difficult. The specialist palliative care nursing team carry out a role similar to Macmillan nurses but are not funded by Macmillan. They are employed by the hospice and are available Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Out of hours advice can be obtained by contacting the in-patient unit at the hospice on 01292 269200.