Make a Referral

To access our services, a child or young person must have a condition that falls into one of the categories set by the children’s hospices umbrella organisation, Together for Short Lives categories.

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.

derian house referal

To access Derian House services, you must be referred, either by a professional or through our self-referral process.

To find out if you may be eligible for our services, give us a call on 01257 233 300 or complete the form below or you can email us:

Referral to Derian House Children’s Hospice

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