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Table 6 Policy issues

From: Palliative care specialists’ perceptions concerning referral of haematology patients to their services: findings from a qualitative study

Palliative care referral criteria
‘there is strict criteria for referral to specialist palliative care in the community…she didn’t meet the criteria’ (SPC nurse 9)
Provision of blood products in hospice settings
‘some hospices will give blood products…we try and avoid giving them out at weekends and during out of hours… every hospice I’ve worked at has had a policy… that when you’re giving blood products you actually need a doctor on site, in case of a reaction’ (SPC doctor 4)
‘the hospice is very much, much more able now to transfuse patients, even with platelets which is much more helpful’ (SPC nurse 14)