Lewisham Council - End-of-life care

End-of-life care

At the end of people’s lives, it is important that patients and their families receive the care and support they need to make this difficult time as manageable as possible.

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We aim to treat people with dignity and respect and, where possible, in their preferred place of care, and to ensure they receive high standards of care at the end of their life.

Who is it for?

End-of-life care (also known as palliative care, EOLC or specialist palliative care) is for anyone with an advanced progressive illness, for example people living with cancer or cardiovascular disease, neurological conditions and many more.

This care includes the management of pain and other symptoms at the end of life, as well as psychological, social and spiritual support to help achieve the best quality end-of-life care for patients and their families.

What kind of support is available?

Support offered includes: 

  • management of pain or symptoms
  • help to adjust to living with a palliative illness
  • information to help make decisions about care and treatment
  • advice on benefits and where to get financial assistance
  • help dealing with spiritual questions.

Who provides the care depends upon the support required. It can be provided by a variety of different professionals including GPs, nurses, support workers, social workers and therapists.

How much does it cost?

In the last few days of life, care may be provided by the NHS and the Council. Following an assessment by a healthcare professional, your costs may be met in full by the NHS.

How to get end-of-life care

The starting point should be your own GP, or the GP of the person you are caring for, who will be able to access all the services available.

The main providers of end-of-life care in Lewisham are:

Lewisham Macmillan Support Team

The Lewisham Macmillan Support Team provides a specialist palliative care service to University Hospital Lewisham inpatients. It also offers a community service to people who live in the surrounding areas.

2nd floor Pink Zone University Hospital Lewisham Lewisham High Street London

SE13 6LH

020 8333 3017


Guy’s Palliative Care Team provides a specialist palliative care service to Guy's Hospital inpatients, as well as a community service in North Lewisham.

Basement, New Guy's House Guy's Hospital St Thomas Street London SE1 9RT

020 7188 8178


St Christopher's Hospice
St Christopher's Hospice provides a range of services including inpatient, home care, day unit and outpatient clinics.

Lawrie Park Road Sydenham SE26 6DZ

020 8768 4500



Carers Lewisham
Carers Lewisham provides an end-of-life carer support service for local carers, known as the Yew Tree Project. 
Carers Lewisham Waldram Place Forest Hill SE23 2LB
020 8699 8686

The future of end-of-life care in Lewisham

We are running a two-year project to improve end-of-life care in Lewisham. The project has already surveyed end-of-life staff across the borough and held an event bringing together over 50 end-of-life and palliative care professionals in Lewisham to discuss the future of the service.

Give us feedback

We are always interested to hear from our service users and their carers and loved ones about their experiences with end-of-life care in Lewisham. If you would like to tell your story, please contact us at endoflife@lewisham.gov.uk.

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