The Marie Curie Nursing Service helps people who are approaching the end of their lives to remain at home if they wish to, through its nationwide network of Marie Curie Nurses who provide nursing care at home.
Our core service is one-to-one overnight nursing from a Registered Nurse or Senior Healthcare Assistant in a patient’s home, usually for eight or nine hours.
In some parts of the UK, we can also offer shorter shifts, evening shifts and day shifts.
In a limited number of areas, we also run a rapid response service in which nurses go in to a patient’s home at short notice in a crisis. We want to offer this service more widely, but need an agreement with local NHS trusts to provide it.
When planning your care, the District Nurse may mention the Marie Curie Nursing Service and discuss with you whether it would be appropriate to request a Marie Curie Nurse. If so, they will also discuss what visits would be best (eg overnight or daytime) and what number or frequency of visits would be appropriate.
In consultation with you and the person caring for you, the District Nurse will decide what hours of care are needed. A night shift is usually from 10pm to 7am but it may be possible to negotiate different times through your District Nurse.
The District Nurse will also consider whether your nursing needs require a Registered Nurse or Senior Healthcare Assistant.
We cover 95 per cent of the UK.
Get the care you want
Many people want to be cared for at home and there are many community services that can make this possible.
All hospital wards have a staff member who liaises with the District Nurse in the community to arrange home care for people who want to be discharged home. If you are in hospital but would prefer to be at home, the first step is to tell this staff member and discuss what support and services are needed to achieve this.
If you are at home but need more support the first step is to tell your GP or District Nurse. The District Nurse (sometimes called the community nurse or another specialist nurse) will coordinate your care at home and can be contacted through your GP practice.
The person caring for you at home may also need further help or support. Again, the first step is to tell your GP or District Nurse.
Planning your care
The District Nurse will discuss your care with you and the person caring for you, and will talk to you about different services and options that may be suitable for you, including the Marie Curie Nursing Service. Do tell the District Nurse what your wishes are and what support you think you need.
The District Nurse will put together a care plan which reflects your wishes and care needs. Don’t worry about what will happen if you change your mind about anything, or if your needs change later. The District Nurse will review the care plan regularly with you and amend it if necessary. If there are any changes in your wishes or your condition, you can ask the District Nurse to review the care plan.
The care plan should be kept in your home while you are receiving care. You are entitled to see your care plan and to discuss it with the District Nurse and any other healthcare professionals involved with your care.
If you would like a Marie Curie Nurse contact your GP, Discharge Nurse or District Nurse (sometimes called the Community Nurse) who coordinates your care at home. Your GP’s surgery will be able to tell you who your local District Nurse is and how to contact them.
Our service is free to the people we care for, their families and carers.