Make a Referral

Life caring for a child with a complex condition is hard. Whilst we recognise the difficulties faced by many families in this position, Derian House focuses on providing care for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. A referral for our services can be made by anyone, including the child or young person’s own family. Our referral panel will decide whether a child meets the criteria of hospice care, taking into consideration Together for Short Lives categories below.

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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To request a referrals form, please e-mail or for more information call us on 01257 233 300.