Daily News Roundup – 29 May 2015

Categories: In The Media.

New Pilgrims Hospice to form part of 750-home development in Thanington near Canterbury

Kent Online

A charity offering to build a new £7m hospice facility wants it to form part of the biggest housing development Canterbury has seen for decades.

Elderly face NHS discrimination under new UN death targets

The Telegraph

Elderly people will be treated like second-class citizens and denied medical care under new targets which give priority to saving the lives of young people. The NHS will be forced to discriminate against the over 70s to meet ‘highly unethical’ UN health targets which seek to reduce premature deaths in younger people, senior medics have warned.

Leckhampton Court Hospice director speaks out over damning national report on end-of-life care

Gloucestershire Echo

A report published by the Health Service Ombudsman last week found too many people are dying without dignity in England. Elise Hoadley is the hospice director at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice and she has spoken out in response to the report. She believes the tragic cases highlighted could – and should – have been avoided.

David Praill, outgoing chief executive of Hospice UK

Third Sector

Mr Praill reflects on his time in the hospice sector.

Kidderminster hospice thanked in grateful will donation

Kidderminster Shuttle

A generous man has bequeathed £170,000 to a Kidderminster Hospice in his will as a thank you for the care and support they gave him and his wife.

Robbie Williams auctions ‘prized possessions’ for Stoke children’s hospice

ITV News

Robbie Williams is selling some of his ‘prized possessions’ to raise money for a children’s hospice in his home town of Stoke-on-Trent. The former Take That singer is putting 150 personal items, including awards, stage costumes and handwritten lyrics dating back to the early 1990s, up for auction at Bonhams in London.

From across ehospice:

Plan to manage your social media accounts – even after you die

ehospice Australia

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has developed a Guide to a Social Media Afterlife that explains how to manage online and social accounts to ensure their preservation, and that data is memorialised or deactivated.

Why I planned my own funeral

ehospice Ireland

Wendy Coughlan from Greystones in Co. Wicklow is living with terminal cancer. She and her daughter Helen recently spoke openly and movingly on the John Murray Show on RTE Radio One about how the Irish Hospice Foundation “Think Ahead” initiative has helped the entire family on this journey.

Hospice breathlessness programme has huge impact on patients

ehospice UK

The Fatigue, Anxiety and Breathlessness programme pioneered by John Taylor Hospice has now supported more than 200 people since its launch in 2011. One of those who has experienced the Birmingham hospice’s programme is 55-year-old Catherine Savin from Bromford. Catherine was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in November 2013 after experiencing shortness of breath. She explains how the service has changed her life.