Accessing end of life care during coronavirus

End of life care services may be different at the moment. For example, the GP or nurse may do more appointments over the phone or reduce physical contact when they visit.

Speak to the GP or district nurse about getting the care your family member needs. Services may be different at the moment. For example, the GP or nurse may do more appointments over the phone. Or they may reduce physical contact when they visit, or use personal protective equipment (PPE) such as a mask, gloves and plastic apron. If your doctor or nurse are providing support over the phone but you feel you need more support, ask them to visit you at home.

Anyone visiting the house should carefully wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. The doctor or nurse can give you advice on reducing risks to yourselves and others, including limiting visitors, ensuring social distancing with visitors, and regular handwashing.

Questions about accessing care?

If you have any questions, speak to the GP or district nurse. You can also call our specialist nurses on our free Support Line – they can provide information about how to access care at the moment.

Marie Curie have more information about end of life care during coronavirus. And we have information about accessing end of life care for people with pancreatic cancer. Do be aware though that this was written before coronavirus, and some things may be a bit different at the moment.

Caring for someone with pancreatic cancer

It’s ok for you to care for the person with pancreatic cancer. If you don’t live with them, you should try to follow social distancing guidance if close contact with them isn’t needed. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly when you arrive at their home, and don’t visit if you have any symptoms of coronavirus.

If you are caring for the person with pancreatic cancer, it’s a good idea to make plans for who can help if you become unwell. Read more about this.

Updated 12 November 2020