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.
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 :
We will also consider referrals for a patient’s carer who is coping with the demands of the caring role.
No self referrals can be accepted, referrals need to be made by a health care professional, for example:
A lot of our referrals come from the Community Macmillan Team, as well as GPs, Consultants, District and Specialist Nurses. Complementary therapy may help:
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.
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.