Complex Care

Complex Care

Complex care, also known as long-term care or continuing care, is a form of support given to patients with significant, continuing healthcare issues. This might include certain chronic illnesses or perhaps disabilities that can arise after receiving hospital treatment.

This form of specialist care is often required to help those with chronic conditions achieve a better quality of life where they can be more independent, active and feel more in control of their illness.


What are some common conditions associated with complex care?

Complex care can be offered to patients and individuals with a range of different conditions. Some of the most common reasons for needing it include:

Essentially, any condition, illness, or disability where the person needs extra medical, physical, or mental support on a long-term basis can qualify someone to receive complex care.


What are some typical symptoms that might require complex care?

Because of the range of different conditions that might require complex care, there is also a wealth of symptoms to be aware of. Depending on the condition, a person may suffer from:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness
  • Chronic pain
  • Mobility issues
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Dementia

What treatment options are involved in complex care?

Specialist care treatment depends enormously on the individual. It can expand to include any day-to-day care tasks or specialist medical treatment required to improve quality of life for the patient. This might include, but is not limited to:

  • Enteral/PEG feeding
  • Stoma care
  • Gastrostomy feeding
  • Nasopharyngeal suctioning
  • Oral suctioning
  • Bowel management
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Administering medication
  • Behaviour observations

Complex care will also often be taking place alongside other treatment from other medical staff, likely a GP or a specialist hospital doctor.


How can we help?

Although complex care does not typically cure illnesses or disability, medical cannabis treatment can help to make conditions more manageable, leading to a heightened sense of wellbeing in everyday life.

From chronic pain management to improved mood and sleep patterns, medical cannabis can aid in treating complex and overlapping conditions through interaction with the body’s ECS (endocannabinoid system). Due to its efficacy and potential lack of side-effects, medical cannabis is the treatment of choice for many palliative patients.

On top of that, it can be a useful alternative to opioids, which are often a common choice for helping with chronic pain. 

Medical cannabis is already being put forward by experts as an alternative medication to opioids, reducing the risk of developing a dependency and other unwanted side-effects. 

This study, ‘Cannabis as an adjunct to or substitute for opiates in the treatment of chronic pain’, states that cannabis can help lead to a greater cumulative relief of pain. That means fewer opiates are used and reduces the impact of the associated side-effects.

The Medical Cannabis Clinics’ team is dedicated to raising awareness about how medical cannabis can help with complex care needs. Our experts are ready to cooperate with you and your individual needs to find a treatment plan that works for you. Your prescription can be tailored to suit your individual circumstances and needs, with ongoing support and adjustments made as necessary.

At The Medical Cannabis Clinics, we offer personalised treatment plans and private care for patients through online video link consultations with our expert specialist doctors, who will guide you through the treatment options available from the clinic.

Appointments start from just £70. Book a private consultation today and one of our expert specialist doctors will be able to offer you targeted advice and treatment plans, unique to your needs and symptoms.

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