Other nurses that can help
There are many other kinds of nurse that can help if Macmillan nurses are not available in your area, or you need additional medical support.
Your nurses may change throughout your cancer journey, to provide the best skills at each stage to meet your needs. Your doctor or district nurse will be able to advise you on what sort of nursing care is most appropriate for you.
provide nursing care and practical advice to patients in the home
usually based in local clinics, in the community
types of nursing covered include: health visitors, district nurses, practice nurses and community psychiatric nurses.
Marie Curie Nurses
provide free hands-on nursing care for people with advanced cancer or other terminal illnesses to help them remain at home if they wish to
usually visit overnight from 10pm to 7am to give carers a break, or for shorter visits during the day or in the evening
offer emotional support to patients and their families
Palliative care nurses
specialists in providing care for people whose illness is no longer curable, to improve their quality of life
services may include family support and bereavement support
How to find other types of nurse
Marie Curie nurses
Tel: 0800 716 146
Marie Curie Nurses provide free hands-on care and emotional support to people with advanced cancer or other terminal illnesses. They help people to be cared for at home if they wish to, rather than go into a hospital or hospice. Marie Curie Nurses provide care free of charge. Find out more about Marie Curie nurses here.
You can be referred to a Marie Curie Nurse by your district nurse, GP, hospital nurse or consultant.
Community nurses travel around their local area giving care to people in their own homes. They can help with pain and symptom control, give medication, and provide advice on issues to do with daily life, such as diet. Community nurses also provide emotional and practical support for families and carers.
Your GP can refer you to the community nursing team, who will work with your other health professionals to devise a care plan.