St Joseph's Hospice

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St Joseph's Hospice provide compassionate, specialist palliative care to people in the diverse community of East London who are living with life-limiting illness.

Eligibility criteria


Referrals will be accepted for any patient:

  • Over the age of 18.
  • With any life limiting or progressive illness.
  • At any stage in their illness.
  • Experiencing severe, intractable, complex problems that are not responding to routine treatment and therapeutic intervention, and which have persisted after palliative care by a non-specialist.
  • Where their support network is/are having difficulties in adjusting to/coping with their illness physically, psychologically, spiritually or emotionally.
  • At key transition points in their illness where a specialist episode of support, including specific therapeutic interventions that cannot be provided by a nonspecialist service, is indicated to optimise the patient or carer’s wellbeing and prevent avoidable deterioration.
  • To assess their need for further Hospice services or inpatient care.
  • Experiencing difficulties in bereavement, and would benefit from specialist support / further psychological intervention.
  • Where complex information and explanation is required relating to the illness, treatment, care options and allied support services
  • Referrals will also be accepted where Health Care professionals require specialist advice and support with case management.

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs, Nurses,

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Referral methods: Email

Please complete a Specialist Palliative Care Referral Form available on our website and email to
If you would like to make an urgent or complex referral please contact our First Contact Team Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 6.00pm by calling 0300 30 30 400.

Consent is mandatory for all referrals, if unable to consent reasons for this must be clearly stated.


Self- referrals are also welcomed but please note we will contact your GP to obtain further information