New Project Helps Terminal Hospital Patients

Posted on 08/13/2012

The Weston Mercury (UK)Weston Area Health Trust and Weston Hospice care has teamed up to improve end-of-life care as part of a ground-breaking project. The collaboration has recently been strengthened by a grant from the National End of Life Care Programme, which has allowed for a nurse from each hospital ward to receive special training in this field at the hospice. This will ensure chronically ill patients have their voices heard and receive high quality care. Figures from Dying Matters – a coalition formed to promote awareness of dying, death and bereavement – show more than two thirds of people prefer to be in their own home when they die. Figures from the National End of Life Intelligence Network show North Somerset has the highest number of people dying in their home in England, and it is hoped the project will enhance this progress. As part of the initiative, 10 nurses took part in five days of intensive training at the hospice, which included approaching conversations with terminally ill patients to find out how they wish to be treated in their final hours and where they would like to die.

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