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Publicly funded NHS & social care services

Lifetime Service

The Lifetime Service is a community children’s nursing and psychology service.

Who is this service for?

The Lifetime service is for families where a child has a life threatening, life limiting condition (not including malignant conditions).

The Lifetime Continuing Care Team also provide a service  for families where a child has complex health needs that require specialist,  often technology dependent  support at home, provided through a care package (see CCT page for details of this service).

How does this service work / what's involved in this service?

We offer a nursing and psychology service within the community for children with life threatening and life limiting conditions, which are non-malignant.

We work closely with the multi-professional team to support the family in providing care at home and in other community settings. Children who are accepted for the Lifetime service will have an assessment of their healthcare needs and a plan of care made with the child and family to meet these needs. This care plan is regularly reviewed and amended according to the child’s healthcare requirements at the time

Visits are usually at home. These are individually arranged with each family and  are made at prearranged times.

Find out more about the specific help which is offered by our:

Lifetime Nursing Team
Lifetime Continuing Care Team
Lifetime Psychology Team
Lifetime Children’s Trust

How do I access this service?

Who can Refer?

Referrals can be made parents / carers as well as professionals.

Referral for South Gloucestershire and Bristol: Referrals can be made for a child with any life limiting or life threatening condition where the child is not expected to live beyond 40 years of age (apart from children who have cystic fibrosis or cancer as they have their own specialist teams based at Bristol Children’s hospital)

Referral for B&NES/Somerset: Referrals can be made for a child with any life limiting or life threatening condition where the child is not expected to live beyond 40 years of age (apart from children who have cancer as they have their own specialist nurses). In these geographical areas a referral can also be made for children with a chronic/long-term condition who have a specific nursing need.

Referral for North Somerset: Referrals can be made for a child with any life limiting or life threatening condition where the child is not expected to live beyond 40 years of age (apart from children who have cystic fibrosis or cancer as they have their own specialist teams based at Bristol Children’s Hospital). In this area a referral can also be made for children who have an acute, specific nursing need e.g. short intravenous antibiotics or wound care.

Referral for to the Continuing Care Team: Children with long term invasive ventilation needs (via tracheostomy); children who are assessed to require additional, on-going health care support provided by a care package (as assessed by the National Framework 2010).

Referral for the Clinical Psychology Team: Referrals to Psychology cannot be made unless a child is receiving a service from the Lifetime nursing team. Referrals can be made via the Lifetime named nurse. See Psychology and referral section for further information about criteria for referral.

Please use the service referral form available on the right-hand side of this page under ‘downloads’ or use the contact telephone number provided.

In what areas is this service available?

The Lifetime Service covers a wide geographical area with varying referral criteria. Please see above for details

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Locations

Bath NHS House
Phone
01225 731624
Location:
Bath NHS House
Newbridge Hill
Bath
BA1 3QE
Open:
We are available from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays).

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