Refer a patient

We provide specialist palliative and end of life care for people living with active, progressive and life-limiting illnesses which cannot be cured, and those close to them. We aim to help patients manage complex symptoms and enable them to live as well as possible, whilst promoting a sense of wellbeing in a relaxed and caring environment.

Specialist Level Palliative Care (SLPC) Services- referral criteria

Barnsley Hospice is a provider of ‘specialist level palliative care’ (SLPC) services for patients who have active, advanced life-limiting illness and complex needs or needs persisting in spite of input from the team currently caring for them. These needs may be physical, psychological or social, and are often a combination of the above. Our services can be provided to the patient and/or the family.

The needs described in some referrals to SLPC can be met in the first instance by advice and support to the current care team, and may or may not go on to require a review by an SLPC team member. If you are not sure whether to refer a patient, please seek advice from the relevant SLPC team (Barnsley Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Team, Barnsley Hospice, or Barnsley Community Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Team).

Who can refer

Patients can be referred to our services through their GP, Macmillan nurse, community nurses, hospital or community palliative care teams or other medical professionals. Referrals must be made using the referral form (above). Patients must be registered with a Barnsley GP and over the age of 18.

How to refer

Referrals to all services must be made on the district-wide referral form provided. If you are unsure about making a referral, or would like to discuss if a patient is suitable to access the hospice, please call our team on 01226 244 244. Please be aware that we are unable to accept referrals over the phone. If you think it would be helpful for a patient or carer to visit the hospice prior to referral, please contact us to arrange a convenient time.


Referrals, deemed as non-urgent by the referrer, requesting admission to the Inpatient Unit are reviewed at a 9 am meeting Monday to Friday. Referrals deemed as urgent will be considered on an individual basis, based on a number of factors including patient needs and availability of beds. Those referred to services other than the inpatient unit will be assessed individually so we can plan the most appropriate care for them and those close to them. This will be reviewed regularly to ensure services continue to meet the patient’s needs.

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