Make a Referral to Derian House

We know that life caring for a child with a complex condition is difficult.

Here at Derian House, we focus on providing care for children and young people with life-limiting and threatening conditions.

Anyone can make a referral for our services, even a family member.

Our referral panel decides whether a child meets the criteria of hospice care and take into consideration the Together for Short Lives categories below.

Our panel is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who review every aspect of the child or young person’s condition and circumstances before a decision is made.

If you would like more information about a referral to Derian House please call 01257 233300.

To request a referrals form, please e-mail

Category 1

Life-threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail.

Access to palliative care services may be necessary when treatment fails or during an acute crisis.

Examples: cancer, irreversible organ failures of heart, liver, kidney

Category 2

Conditions where premature death is inevitable

There may be long periods of intensive treatment aimed at prolonging life and allowing participation in normal activities.

Examples: cystic fibrosis, duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Category 3

Progressive conditions without curative treatment

Treatment is exclusively palliative and may commonly extend over many years.

Examples: batten disease, mucopolysaccharidoses

Category 4

Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability, leading to susceptibility to health complications and likelihood of premature death.

Children can have complex health care needs, a high risk of an unpredictable life-threatening event or episode, health complications and an increased likelihood of premature death.

Examples: severe cerebral palsy, complex health needs, high risk of an un predictable life-threatening event or episode.

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