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Palliative care

Palliative care is an approach that strives to improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-limiting illness, through the prevention, assessment and treatment of pain and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems.

Services provided

  • Advice on symptoms, for example, pain, nausea, vomiting and breathlessness
  • Emotional support for patients and an opportunity to discuss concerns or questions about illness and treatment
  • Support for family and carers
  • Information and advice on all aspects of care and treatment
  • Liaison with other teams involved
  • Advice on services available within the hospital and on discharge
  • Financial advice about some benefits or grants, or referral to the appropriate person.


Contact the team

Dr Mary McGregor, consultant in palliative medicine

Dr Sarah Mollart, consultant in palliative medicine

Dr Emma Clubley, , consultant in palliative medicine

Dr Kelvin Bengtson, consultant in palliative care 

Dr Ildiko Rakk, senior hospice physician

Sam Hobson, team lead/ palliative care nurse specialist

Michelle Buono, palliative care nurse specialist/education

Liz Eagles, palliative care nurse specialist

Marie Rees, palliative care nurse specialist

Katherine Goller, palliative care nurse specialist

Ana Wallis, palliative care nurse specialist

PA to palliative care team - Telephone: 01284 713776


Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden at West Suffolk Hospital provides a dedicated space to allow for privacy and time for patients in the last days and weeks of life, alongside family and friends.

The garden is designed so that it is easily accessible for patients in wheelchairs. The garden can also be a quiet place for bereaved relatives and friends to spend time in, and for special occasions such as weddings.

This facility is the result of the generous donations of our community through our Trust charity, My WiSH Charity.

If you or a loved one is staying in the West Suffolk Hospital and would like to make us of the Butterfly Garden, please speak to a member of staff.


Patient information