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Cornwall Hospice Care

Cornwall Hospice Care is a leading independent Cornish charity (registered charity number 1113140), providing special care free of charge, to patients with life limiting illnesses aged 18 and over at two Cornwall based hospices - Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell and St Julia's Hospice in Hayle.
The nursing teams care for people with a range of illnesses from cancer to heart and lung disease and Motor Neurone disease.
The generosity of the public is vital so the care for people across Cornwall is maintained at no charge to them. Every penny counts and every penny is spent supporting the adult hospices in Cornwall for Cornwall.
It costs £8.4 million to run our charity and with a very small grant from the NHS it means a staggering £7.5 million has to be raised every year.
Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and St Julia’s Hospice provide a welcome sanctuary for people affected by life limiting illnesses. All patients are treated with respect, offering them personalised care in a compassionate setting. More than half go home after treatment and all receive their care completely free of charge.
Patients are referred to the hospices and are admitted according to their clinical priority when assessed. Patients with any diagnosis will be accepted if they are assessed as a priority. The specialist team offer this support to people with complex symptoms, suffering from life limiting illnesses from cancer, to heart and respiratory conditions and diseases like Motor Neurone.

Who to contact

01726 66868

Where to go

Mount Edgcumbe Hospice
Porthpean Road
St. Austell
PL26 6AB

Other details


Age ranges
18 years and over
Referral required
Referral details

Referrals will be accepted from any Health Care Professional provided the Patient, Carer and General Practitioner / Consultant are aware and in agreement with the referral to the service. It is important that the Patient / Carer are aware of the services that are available to them.

Referrals will be accepted for any patient over the age of 18 with cancer or any life limiting chronic progressive disease experiencing complex problems that are not responding to routine treatment and therapeutic intervention.

Referrals can be made according to the following criteria:

  • Those with severe, intractable complex symptoms that have persisted after palliative care by generalist.
  • Those and their carers having difficulties in adjusting/coping with their disease, psychologically, spiritually or emotionally.
  • Where information and explanation is required relating to the illness, treatment, care options and allied support services.
  • Those experiencing difficulties in bereavement, who would benefit from specialist support / further psychological intervention.
  • To assess the need for further specialist unit services or inpatient care.
  • Health Care professionals who require specialist advice and support with case management.

Patients referred to the service should be identified on the Gold Standard Register or similar within their General Practice if their prognosis is a year or less.

Reason for Referral

  • Specialist multidisciplinary assessment
  • Complex pain and symptom management
  • Complex psychological / spiritual issues
  • Information and signposting
  • Bereavement assessment and signposting
  • Provision of supportive and other treatments where agreed with the multidisciplinary team and where appropriate arrangements can be agreed. For example, day-case procedures
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