Bosses at Myton Hospice have highlighted the hospice’s work with local hospitals, in light of the Royal College of Physicians audit which revealed that many hospitals are unable to provide 24 hour end of life care specialists.
St Barnabas House is reaching out to men living with advanced illnesses at home, by offering group outings to those who would prefer this to a one-to-one visit in their own home.
New nurses at Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice have met with a funeral director who offered them some expert teaching on the processes followed in the event of death.
Prof Sam Ahmedzai has said more should be done to treat patients as individuals, and to allow them the dignity of taking their own decisions – whether that meant a nightly brandy, or the choice to die in their own bed.
Medical staff have placed “do not resuscitate” orders on thousands of patients in England without telling their families, an audit suggests.
Illusions of Autonomy (blog)
Commentary on recent headlines which claim that “40,000 dying people have DNACPR orders ‘imposed’ on them without their direct agreement or discussion with their relatives”, by consultant and writer Phil Berry.
“Death rituals such as the anglers who turned their friend’s ashes into fishing bait are nothing new. In the west, we could learn much from other cultures,” writes Lindsey Fitzharris.
Marie Curie blog
“For people who experience a sudden or ‘acute’ stroke, where their recovery can be uncertain, doctors face the difficulty of predicting a person’s outcome,” writes Professor Chris Burton.
Article by Dr Bella Vivat, senior research associate in the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department at University College London, and co-lead of the implementation subgroup of the EAPC Spiritual Care Taskforce.
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