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Referrals to The Sara Lee Trust

Referrals need to be made by a health care professional. While we understand there are many people that would benefit from access to the services we provide, we do have a clear referral criteria and sadly we are not able to see people if they do not meet this.

You can download our Referral Form and Home Visit/Needs Risk Assessment Form.

Criteria for Referral

The main goal of the Sara Lee Trust has always been to improve quality of life for patients and their family/carers. It is the person not the illness to whom we offer support and therapy and integral to this is an understanding of the balance between mind, body and spirit. In order to achieve this goal we will consider referrals from healthcare professionals for patients who :

  • need palliative and end of life care
  • are coping with the side effects of treatment e.g. chemotherapy/radiotherapy
  • have emotional or spiritual concerns, stress or stress related symptoms regarding the illness and its effect on quality of life
  • need complementary symptom management e.g. pain, nausea, breathlessness, constipation, diarrhoea, tiredness, sleeplessness and poor appetite
  • have issues with body image due to treatment
  • are coping with recently diagnosed cancer or other life threatening illness

We will also consider referrals for a patient’s carer who is coping with the demands of the caring role.

Who can refer patients to us?

No self referrals can be accepted, referrals need to be made by a health care professional, for example:

  • GPs
  • Macmillan Nurses
  • District Nurses
  • Community Nurses
  • Consultants
  • Physiotherapists

How referring patients may help

A lot of our referrals come from the Community Macmillan Team, as well as GPs, Consultants, District and Specialist Nurses. Complementary therapy may help:

  • promote relaxation
  • alleviate anxiety
  • reduce depression
  • alleviate symptoms such as as breathlessness, pain, nausea, fatigue, poor appetite;alleviate side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • improve sleep patterns
  • reduce stress and tension
  • reduce psychological distress/provide emotional support
  • improve well-being and quality of life
  • help live with an altered body image.

Counselling can help the person explore and express their concerns and feelings and may help them find their own choices and solutions in a safe, accepting and confidential atmosphere.

Supporting Evidence

At the Sara Lee Trust we use “The National Guidelines for use of Complementary Therapies in Supportive and Palliative Care” produced by the Prince of Wales Foundation for Integrated Health and the National Council for Hospice and Specialist Palliative, (2003).

You can see a letter on this page from the Macmillan team explaining why they refer. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.

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My counsellor has supported me wonderfully well through some very challenging weeks with the death of my father along with a deteriorating terminal cancer condition. The opportunity to 'talk' has been so helpful and I always return home with new positive thoughts or reflections prompted because of his skills and patience listening to me. Thanks so much. I approached The Sara Lee Trust to get help for my father who is in total denial about his terminal lung cancer. However I ended up having the therapy to learn to cope with my father. The jigsaw of my life is complete now and I cannot thank you enough.

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