To be able to offer the best possible end of life care for everyone in the UK we need to address the things we can still do better. That is the responsibility of everyone directly or indirectly involved in end of life care, writes Marie Cooper.
Public Sector Focus
How can our society ensure that people have more choice at the end of life over where they receive care and in a way that also saves the NHS money? National director for hospice care at Hospice UK Dr Ros Taylor MBE looks at the answers.
Everton ambassadors Graeme Sharp, Graham Stuart and Ian Snodin spread festive cheer across Merseyside on Monday. First stop was Woodlands Hospice in Aintree, where they chatted with patients and staff before handing out Everton mugs and books.
Blunders over letter deliveries is causing upset to bereaved families, according to a senior manager at St Andrew’s Hospice.
Residents in Islington are being urged to buy specialist Christmas toys for children with life-limited or serious medical conditions.
A pillar of the Kingsdon community is auctioning off a bespoke orange and honeycomb chocolate bar and donating the proceeds to St Margaret’s Hospice.
On Sunday 13 December, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire conducted a radio broadcast from our Warwick Myton Hospice to discuss and capture what life is like at Myton, particularly over the festive period.
We round up some of the national media coverage surrounding the publication of NICE’s new guideline for end of life care:
- NICE urges doctors to treat dying patients as individuals (BBC News)
- Dying patients must be given better end of life care, says Nice (ITV News)
- End of life care must be tailored, doctors told (Sky News)
- Junior doctors ‘must not be left alone to make snap life or death decisions’ (The Telegraph)
- ‘Arrogance’ of doctors STILL using banned death pathway because ‘they think they know what’s best for patients’ (Daily Mail)
From across ehospice editions: