Out Of Hours Advice Service

CONTACTING SPECIALIST PALLIATIVE CARE SERVICES IN NHS LOTHIAN AND NHS BORDERS (5PM -9AM ON WEEKDAYS, AT WEEKENDS AND ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS) 

 
For specialist palliative care nursing advice and other general enquiries please contact one of the Edinburgh Hospices: 
 
Marie Curie Hospice Edinburgh: 0131 470 2201
 
St Columba's Hospice: 0131 551 1381  
 
  • One senior doctor and/or palliative medicine consultant is available to give on-call telephone advice to staff caring for patients with complex, urgent palliative care needs in NHS Lothian and NHS Borders.
  • Contact: please use the palliative medicine mobile number obtained from NHS Lothian switchboard.
  • Please refer to the Palliative Care Guidelines first as these may answer your query.

    Foundation doctors should discuss the patient with a senior member of their own team before contacting the duty palliative medicine consultant.  Hospital doctors need to provide clear information to enable the Palliative Medicine consultant to call back - name, patient name and location. Bleep number of doctor seeking advice is essential (NB. we cannot dial into ward extension numbers).

    Nurses in the community (at home or in a care home, community hospital or continuing care unit) should contact the Unscheduled Care Service doctor first. 

Primary Care

The electronic Key Information Summary (KIS) is being implemented in NHS Scotland. It allows GP practices to:
 
  • Upload and update an anticipatory care plan
  • Clearly see essential information on patients with complex needs including patients receiving general or specialist palliative care 
 

Information for professionals on KIS: http://www.ecs.scot.nhs.uk/kis
Patient information on KIS: http://www.nhs24.com/Explained/MyInfoNHS24/WhatisKIS

Pharmacy Advice

Out of hours palliative care pharmacy supplies are available from the Lothian Palliative Care Community Pharmacy Network

Last Reviewed: 31/03/2014