World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 23 September 2015

Categories: In The Media.

The people who make last wishes come true

Netherlands – BBC News

Earlier this year a photograph was released showing a woman on a stretcher in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. She was there to take a final look at her favourite Rembrandt painting. Her visit had been made possible by a Dutch charity that helps terminally ill patients fulfil their last wish.

A nurturing presence for NJ children with life-threatening illnesses

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Since its inception, Circle of Life primarily serves low-income and underserved families in the greater Newark area.

ACT palliative carers bring comfort to the home

Australia – Canberra Times

According to Palliative Care Australia, 70 per cent of palliative care patients in Australia would prefer to die at home but only 14 per cent do.

Calls for better training for nurses in palliative care

South Africa – SABC News

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sbongiseni Dlomo has called for better training of nurses with regard to palliative care.

Growing aging population puts pressure on palliative care

Australia – Gladstone Observer

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows palliative care-related hospitalisations have risen more than 50% over the past decade.

NHS trusts warned not to repeat mistakes in end of life care

UK – Nursing Times

A study, by an expert in palliative care medicine from Kings College London, has assessed why the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway failed and recommended how hospital trusts might avoid similar pitfalls.

J. Andrew Billings, 69; palliative care pioneer

US – Boston Globe

Dr Billings become a pioneer in palliative medicine, helping develop the first hospice program in Massachusetts and becoming a founding member of what is now the American Academyof Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Six palliative care beds for Maryborough Hospital

Australia – Fraser Coast Chronicle

Maryborough Hospital now has dedicated palliative care beds thanks to the refurbishment of one of the hospital’s wards.

Prospect Hospice’s new outreach centre opening in Marlborough this week

UK – Gazette & Herald

Prospect Hospice’s much-anticipated Outreach Centre in Marlborough, which Gazette readers helped raise almost £160,000 towards, is set to open this week.

Roy Keane opens new unit in Marymount Hospice

Ireland – The Cork

Marymount University Hospital & Hospice officially opened its new interventional pain service facility at Marymount, Curraheen, Cork this morning.

Memories of a caregiver

ehospice Canada

This fall, we are profiling four caregivers in a special feature called Memories of a Caregiver. Use the hashtag #MemoriesOfACaregiver on social media to discover online discussions about this project.

Hospice inspires career change as Debbie takes up nursing

ehospice UK

Debbie Chester was inspired to take up nursing after she saw the care given to her late father by St Ann’s Hospice.

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