Life Limiting Illness Counselling Service
The counselling service is accessible to those Adults (18 years of age and over) who are suffering with a life limiting illness, or for a carer of a close relative. (Please see below for the list of illnesses that would fit into this category, entitling a person to be a user of this service.)
- CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE ( COPD )
- CORONARY HEART DISEASE ( CHD )
- CYSTIC FIBROSIS
- HUNTINGTONS DISEASE
- MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE
- PARKINSONS DISEASE
- RENAL FAILURE (END STAGES)
- RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
Who can refer to the service?
- Any individual who fits the referral criteria may self refer.
- All G.P.’s and CPN’s within the city of Sunderland.
- Any member of the medical team throughout the Sunderland City Hospitals, including St. Benedict’s Hospice i.e.; Consultants from all Specialities/Departments, Consultant Nurses and Specialist Nurses.
How can counselling help?
When an individual is diagnosed with a life limiting illness it can be a huge shock and you may have many worries, fears and concerns which, in the early days can feel confusing and indeed difficult to deal with. In fact, it is possible to have these sorts of feelings at any stage of the treatment Pathway.
Counselling is a unique relationship which provides a safe, confidential, non judgemental environment for a client to feel able to discuss their particular issues, feeling heard and understood. It may involve the need to look at coping strategies, helping a client cope on a day to day basis, or maybe to discuss choices/options that are best for a client.
After exploration it can often help a client come to a conclusion for themselves or even bring an acceptance of their diagnosis and prognosis. A feeling of being able to put one’s affairs in order can be very reassuring for a client and bring a certain level of comfort to know their loved ones will be taken care of when they are gone.