South Bucks Hospice offers all healthcare professionals the opportunity to refer patients to one or more of our services.
As well as being a palliative care centre, South Bucks Hospice at Butterfly House offers the only free local provision for lymphoedema care. We focus on helping our patients to live an independent life at home for as long as possible. South Bucks Hospice also provides support and therapies to the patient’s family and carers. We bridge the gap between total independence and full residential care.
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Our Referral Criteria
Patients can self-refer to South Bucks Hospice's palliative care services by telephone or by booking an appointment. Referrals from healthcare professionals should be made via the Single Point of Access (SPA) system. A link to the SPA referral form can be found at the bottom of the page.
For Palliative Care
We offer our services to:
- Those with a cancer diagnosis
- Those with a diagnosis of life limiting illnesses, such as MND, MS, Parkinson's, COPD, cardiac failure
Unfortunately, we cannot extend our services to:
- Anyone under 17 years old
- People with severe dementia because we are not a secure facility
- Mental health patients with challenging behaviour or who are not compliant with their medication requirements
For Lymphoedema Care
- Patients who have lymphoedema as a result of cancer or its treatment
- Primary lymphoedema due to congenital or hereditary problems
- Oedema due to non-curable illness with deteriorating symptoms (eg: MS, MND, Parkinson's, Polio etc.)
- Cancer patients who are at risk of developing lymphoedema and require advice
Our lymphoedema service is available to the following according to staff availability:
- Patients who have lymphoedema symptoms as a result of trauma, surgery or a stroke
- Patients who are able to attend clinic who have lymphovenous or gravitational oedema with a BMI below 40 and no active leg ulceration
- Patients post DVT whose limb remains swollen
- Healthcare professionals or carers requesting education and expert advice in all aspects of cancer related or palliative lymphoedema management
- Training for care home staff to educate them with patient skin care and garment donning/doffing
We cannot extend our services to those with:
- Severe vascular insufficiency (recent Doppler ABPI of less than 0.8)
- Severe uncontrolled cardiac/renal failure
- A history of DVT/Thrombosis in the last 3 months
- Current acute inflammatory episode (cellulitis)
- Oedema as a result of uncontrolled diabetes
- A BMI of 40 or over
Additional services, where possible, may include:
- Home visits, which are limited to patients who are housebound with restricted mobility or palliative patients for end of life care
- Volunteer transport. This may be available to patients who do not have relatives or friends to take them to and from appointments. Please enquire to find out about availability.
All referrals to our Lymphoedema Clinic must be made by a GP or healthcare professional.
For Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Care
We offer our services to:
- Those with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness
- People caring for those with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness
- Families of those with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness
- Anyone who has been bereaved by the loss of a loved one by a terminal illness within the last two years.
If individuals who approach our service do not meet this referral criteria, we are happy to provide one session to offer advice and, where possible, signpost to other services and provide supportive literature.