The NHS spends less on end of life care than the US, Canada, Germany, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands
The NHS spends the least on end of life care, compared with six other developing nations, a new study revealed. Just £6,600 is spent on each terminally ill cancer patient in England, compared with £15,400 in Canada, researchers discovered.
Doctors have varying degrees of willingness to broach difficult conversations with patients and families, particularly if it is a conversation that is about care as opposed to cure, writes John Hughes, medical director at Sue Ryder.
Families of children with serious medical conditions will benefit from new services in Swindon and north Wiltshire after three new specialist nurses funded by Naomi House Children’s Hospice started work in the area.
Glasgow Evening Times
Inspectors have praised the standard of care at a Glasgow hospice after an unannounced visit. The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice was visited by Health Protection Scotland who looked at the work of senior medical staff, nursing and domestic staff as well as speaking to patients and relatives.
Positive living will be celebrated in a new hospice project, called MyLife. The day hospice team at St Barnabas House in Worthing is launching a series of six free events, taking place throughout the year.
Danielle and David Burt want to raise money for the Wirral hospice which did so much to help their tragic boy.
By advising those diagnosed with the disease to stop being active, family and friends – who have a crucial role in supporting patients – could be unwittingly doing more harm than good, according to the charity Macmillian.
Using the Palliative care Outcome Scale and related Patient Reported Outcome Measures in clinical practice
Dr Liesbeth van Vliet, Dr Richard Harding and Prof Irene Higginson outline recently published decision support and accompanied guidance on implementing the Palliative care Outcome Scale and related Patient Reported Outcome Measures in clinical care.
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