Specialist care for adults in Dorset with a life limiting illness

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Information and Education

Weldmar Hospicecare supports more than 2,000 people in Dorset who are living with a life limiting illness every year. Below, you'll find a variety of useful information shared by our team of specialists and experts, for the benefit of patients, their loved ones, and health care professionals.

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Information for health care professionals

From referrals to education and training, here, you’ll find more information about our services, and how to refer a patient to Weldmar Hospicecare. We are committed to developing strong relationships with others in Dorset who are involved at any stage with palliative and end of life care.

We also have a wide range of education and training programmes to ensure that we share our knowledge and expertise, which are suitable for fellow health and care professionals in Dorset.

Ensuring that everyone has access to palliative care – no matter what their circumstances or background

Weldmar Hospicecare’s Vision is that all people in Dorset living with a life limiting illness being able to access the palliative care services they need, when and where they need them.

We are committed to ensuring that we are able to provide services to people, including those:

  • Who live in particularly rural areas of Dorset
  • Who are homeless or living in temporary accommodation
  • Who are part of the travelling community
  • Who are in prison
  • From all ethnic backgrounds

Weldmar’s specialist community nursing team includes colleagues who specifically help those in harder to reach groups or in vulnerable circumstances, providing people with the information they need as well as clinical support. Weldmar also provides advocacy and social support to those who need it, with advice and help with accessing appropriate support from other agencies.

Our Patient and Family Support Services team also includes counsellors and those who can provide emotional and spiritual care.

We also provide a number of educational courses to anyone who provides care and support to those whose health is deteriorating.

If you are concerned about someone who you believe needs palliative care, please make a referral.


The Palliative Care Handbook

This handbook, often known as the ‘Little Green Book’, contains guidance to help GPs, community nurses, and hospital staff as well as specialist palliative care teams. It aims to provide a checklist for the management of common problems in palliative care, with some information on drug treatment.

The material in this handbook is intended to apply across a range of diagnoses.

Download PDF - The Palliative Care Handbook


The Primary Care Training Hub Podcast

The Palliative Care Specialists in Dorset have come together to produce a series of educational podcasts, and Weldmar Hospicecare have contributed to a number of episodes.

You can sign up to follow the series on Spotify or Google Podcasts, or check back here.

Listen to all episodes


Information on Motor Neurone Disease for Professionals

Below are a list of helpful documents for any professionals looking for more information about Motor Neurone Disease care in Dorset.

Nutrition Care Pathway

Respiratory Care Pathway

End Of Life Care Guidelines

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