It’s Dying Matters Week from Monday 13 to Friday 17 May and there will be a number of events going on at our hospital to raise awareness.
On Monday 13, Tuesday 14, Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May from 12noon to 2pm there will be a ‘Going for Gold’ stand in our first-floor Aubergine Restaurant. This will introduce the Gold Standards Framework which aims to provide the best possible ‘gold standard’ end of life care that is tailored to the needs of each individual. This focuses on a patient’s wishes and choices and you’ll be able to get an insight into the goals of the Gold Standards Framework and be sign posted to sources of further information and advice.
On Monday 13, Wednesday 15 and Friday 17 from 10am to 12noon and from 2pm to 3pm our hospital chapel will be the venue for ‘Are We Ready?’ with a stand giving information regarding the resources within the hospital, sign posting to other services, and the opportunity to ask questions or have discussions with our palliative care team.
Then, on Thursday 16 May, the Louise Hamilton Centre will be the venue, between 10am and 2pm, for another opportunity to explore choices, away from the hospital environment. This is available for all patients and those important to them, members of the public and all our staff to find out more regarding wishes or preferences. From 10am until 2pm England and Co Solicitors will be available to offer advice regarding wills, LPA and future planning.
Throughout the week our Palliative Care Team will be available to talk to patients, families, visitors and other members of staff about end of life care. Have you thought about what this might look like for you or a loved one? Is it something you fear or do you have some clear ideas? You will be able to have a sensitive conversation and talk about this or just find out a little more about the options available.
The week is designed to stimulate discussion about subjects that are often taboo but that can be even more difficult to discuss at end-of-life. Knowing what is available – in terms of support for yourself, your family and those who love you – and having the opportunity to make your wishes known, can help to ensure you receive the best possible care.