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Palliative care

Haven House Children's Hospice is run by Sue Irwin, a registered nurse and health visitor, along with friends and colleagues. The charity provides free care to life-limited children and their families.

Noah's Ark Hospice is a community based hospice service providing support for children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families in the Central and North London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Islington and Hertsmere. The children they work with have a range of conditions and often have very complex needs. Their services aim to help the children, their siblings and parents make the most of the time they have together, and we continue to support the families after bereavement.

Rainbow Trust’s family support workers join the family in their own home and provide practical support when needed. They may attend hospital appointments with parents, sit with your sick child to give parents a break or take worried siblings out for the day.

The Sapphire Service provides health care assessments, nursing support, and play and bereavement services to families. The team aim to support children who need palliative care and their siblings, or children who meet the continuing healthcare threshold.

Children who have multiple complex health needs may meet our criteria for continuing healthcare funded support. This enables families to receive care for their child, which is currently provided by external agencies.

Children are assessed by a nursing team and any necessary funding is agreed. This is reviewed regularly with the family and may change depending on the child’s health support requirements.

Assessments are usually carried out within 13 days and reviews within five days of the planned date.

For more information, contact the team on 020 8375 2945.

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