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Contact & About Us

About North Cumbria Palliative Care

This site has been developed by Janet Ferguson, Eileen Palmer and Tim Sowton, health care professionals in palliative care in North Cumbria, UK, with support from the North Cumbria Health and KCS Solutions web services teams. Individual authorship and copyright of the different sections of the site is indicated where appropriate.

Janet Ferguson RGN
Janet is lead nurse in palliative care for North Cumbria.

Dr. Eileen Palmer
Eileen is Medical Director for West Cumbria Hospice at Home and Consultant in palliative medicine at West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven, Cumbria.

Dr. Tim Sowton
Tim is Course Tutor, Cumbria Practical Palliative Care Course for GPs, and general practitioner at Seascale Health Centre, West Cumbria.


North Cumbria Palliative Care would like to say a special thank you to KCS Solutions for all their help, expertise and support in the development and relaunch of this website, and to Diane Gainey for her kind permission to use her artwork throughout the website.

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Please note that we are not able to answer specific palliative care queries.

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Important News

Important Changes in Cumbria Palliative Care Prescribing Practice

Cumbria is changing practice, from 1st April 2011.

The Area Prescribing Committee has recommended the following changes:

  • All strong opioids are to be prescribed by brand name
  • "Just in Case" prescribing is to be encouraged and promoted
  • Morphine is to replace diamorphine as the subcutaneous injectable strong opioid of choice for palliative care patients in Cumbria


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North Cumbria Pallative Care website

The award winning North Cumbria Palliative Care website continues to receive around 30,000 page views a year. This is 82 page views every single day of the year, 2,500 hits every month, without any publicity or advertising program.


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