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Palliative Care

The Palliative Care Team provides an expert specialist consultancy service to patients, as well as their relatives and those closest to them, who have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness.

We maintain close working links with the local hospices, to provide a seamless service and to promote continuity of care.

The team aims to:

  • Act as a resource to ensure dignified, individualised end of life care which is centred around the needs and preferences of the patient and his or her family
  • Identify and alleviate physical symptoms and to promote patient rehabilitation and wellbeing
  • Facilitate open and honest communication
  • Identify and alleviate social, psychological and spiritual difficulties

About the team

Members of the palliative care team include:

  • Dr D Rutter, Consultant in Palliative Medicine (Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals)
  • Dr K Taylor, Consultant in Palliative Medicine (Tunbridge Wells Hospital and Hospice in the Weald)
  • Dr G Parker, Consultant in Palliative Medicine (Tunbridge Wells Hospital and Hospice in the Weald)
  • S Badcott, Lead Nurse for Palliative Care and Associated Services (Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals)
  • K Clarke, Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (Maidstone Hospital)
  • D Jenner, Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (Maidstone Hospital)
  • A Stevenson, Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (Tunbridge Wells Hospital)