World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 18 August 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Stigma and pain surround cancer patients in Russia

Russia – Mashable

 In Russia, cancer has become synonymous with scandal, exposing fundamental problems within both Russian healthcare and the wider society. Patients with late-stage cancer are reportedly often neglected by the medical establishment, which is accused of pouring most of its energy into “solvable” cancer cases while ignoring the dire ones.

Namibian cancer patient suffers in silence

Namibia – Global Post

As Namibia does not have a hospice or chronic care facilities or accommodation in the state system, Abraham Ekandjo and his family and others like him have fallen through the cracks and are receiving inadequate support for their serious medical and emotionally distressing situation.

Patient needs paramount to the end

Australia – Sydney Morning Herald

The suffering of a young woman with cancer who died decades ago still haunts palliative care expert Jane Phillips.

Utah’s first homeless hospice, The Inn Between, is open for business

US – Good4Utah

Utah’s first hospice house for the homeless is open for business. It’s been a long road for the Inn Between after months of fighting zoning and construction issues, but not nearly as long of a road as those who have been struggling with terminal illness and living on the streets.

Ottawa Mission adds seven hospice beds for homeless

Canada – Ottawa Citizen

The Ottawa Mission is expanding its Diane Morrison Hospice to 21 beds from 14 to give more homeless people the support and dignity they need in their final days.

Doctors fail to address patients’ spiritual needs

US – New York Times

Studies have documented the importance of religion and spirituality to many patients. Seventy percent of dying patients want their doctor to ask them about their religious beliefs.

New role to support ward staff on dying patients’ wishes

UK – Nursing Times

A new senior nurse role has been created at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust to focus on training nursing staff about end of life care.

Social media and palliative medicine: An opportunity for community and professional engagement

EAPC blog

Dr Amara Nwosu, from the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool and University of Liverpool, talks about the use of Twitter in end of life care.

‘Dance is Me!’ Siblings’ project with dance experts

ehospice International Children’s

Tom Morton from Richard House in London reports on an exciting five-day dance and film project allowing siblings of hospice service users to explore their creativity and expressions of what dance meant to them.

Needing to stay on the job – even toward the end of life

ehospice Australia

Dr Gail Eva, from London’s Brunel University says that health professionals who encourage people with a life-limiting illness not to return to work may not be doing the best by their patients.

Hospital sanctuary shortlisted for award

ehospice Ireland

A Dublin company which helped create a sanctuary within a busy hospital for families of patients at the end of life has been shortlisted for a prestigious corporate social responsibility award for the project.

Meet Joyce Peter: The shining light of St Francis Hospice

ehospice South Africa

Sr Notsi Nosinodi Joyce Peter celebrated her 77th birthday on 10th August 2015, significantly Women’s Day, and has in her ten years at Hospice been an example of dedication, compassion, application and enthusiasm which puts to shame many half her age.

Dying man launches fundraising mission from hospice bed

ehospice UK

63-year-old Tony Jules, who has terminal prostate cancer and has been given just weeks to live, is looking to use his final days to raise money for Keech Hospice Care.