End of Life Care

Open Letter to Chancellor George Osborne Calling for Better Choice at the End of Life for People Affected By Cancer

Nikki Hill | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Politics
Nikki Hill

We know you recognise the importance of improving end of life care and committed to this in your manifesto. We want you to keep that promise and ensure that people who are nearing the end of their life are supported to die in the place and manner of their choosing.

I Miss Our House Being Noisy

Naomi Barrow | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

When I get up on a morning now, everyone is still asleep. I get up in silence, creep around the house getting ready for my run before returning, showering, and getting ready for work as quietly as possible. I walk through the door on an evening now and I see and hear nobody. It's silent.

Caring for the Dying Has Taught Me the Dangers of Assisted Suicide

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Ilora Finlay

As a society we are clear that suicide is not something to be encouraged or assisted. Legalising assisted suicide flies in the face of that. It sends the message that, if you are terminally ill, ending your life is something that society endorses and that you might want to consider. Is that really the kind of society we want?

Palliative Care Services Reform - England Needs to Heed Its Neighbours

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

England has the chance through my Private Member's Bill to improve care. The Bill would require all commissioners to ensure their patient population has access to seven day specialist palliative care services, that patients and their families have a clear point of contact in a crisis, that there is advice available at all times to front line staff caring for dying patients and that such staff have all received core training in good end of life care.

The Last Wish of a Woman Who Survived The Battle of Okinawa

Yumiko Sato | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Yumiko Sato

"I have one regret," said Tokiko one day. "I wish I had written down my story. " It was surprising to hear that, because Tokiko, a survivor of The Battle of Okinawa, had lived her life without telling her past even to her son.

What We Can Learn From the Dying

Yumiko Sato | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
Yumiko Sato

As a hospice music therapist I've met many people whose lives were well lived. But unfortunately, not everyone lives a fulfilled life. Even so, every dying person has something to teach the living.

Failings in Care Should Not Pave the Way for a Physician Assisted Dying Bill

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

There is no excuse for turning a blind eye to distress; those providing care, whether care assistant, family, nurse or doctor need to know they are supported in doing what the patient needs, not shackled by risk averse attitudes that paralyse common sense and hinder care provision.

'Too Many People Are Dying Without Dignity' Harrowing Report Finds

PA / The Huffington Post | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A report into end of life care has offered an insight into "appalling" incidents of patient neglect during the final moments of their lives. These ...

"You Only Die Once"

Steve Ford | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK
Steve Ford

The majority of people with Parkinson's would prefer to die at home but research suggests they are more likely to die in hospital. That's why at Parkinson's UK we are calling for more work to be done to help people communicate their wishes about their death in the early stages of the condition.

You Only Die Once - Why Dying Matters

Joe Levenson | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Joe Levenson

Whether it's through writing a will, making financial plans, planning for our future care and support including through making a Lasting Power of Attorney, or deciding whether we want to join the organ donor, all of us can increase the likelihood of getting our wishes met and reduce the chances of life after our death becoming even more difficult for the people we care about.

There Are Always Options for Compassionate End-Of-Life Care

Leigh Kendall | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

The distinction in Hugo's care between 'there being no hope' and 'no further treatment' being worthwhile with 'nothing more can be done' is crucial. Nothing more could be done to save Hugo's life, but we were able to give him a good death.

Bringing Comfort Through Music at the End of Life

Yumiko Sato | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yumiko Sato

Daniel was showing signs of "terminal agitation." People at the end of life often experience this state characterized by confusion and restlessness. As a hospice music therapist I had seen many patients in this state before.

What Do You Know About Hospice Care?

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Ellis

The reality is that hospice care is delivered in a surprising range of settings, including in people's homes. In fact 90% of hospice care is delivered away from a hospice building. Hospice teams are also involved in educating staff working in other settings such as care homes and hospitals.

Fairer Funding For Hospices Would Benefit Patients And The NHS

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Jonathan Ellis

These are tough economic times for statutory funding of healthcare. It would be unrealistic to expect NHS funding for hospice care, which has on average made up a third of funding (32 per cent) for adult hospices and 17 per cent for children's services, to be exempt from this.

Urgent Steps Needed to Improve End of Life Care for People from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities

Imelda Redmond | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Imelda Redmond

Everyone deserves care that works for them and their families at the end of their lives. However, we know that end of life care is not meeting the needs of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, and we are in danger of failing to reach increasing numbers unless urgent steps are taken.

Helping Those Who Are Terminally Ill Receive the Care They Need at Home

Imelda Redmond | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics
Imelda Redmond

The second reading of the Care Bill this week provides an opportunity for MPs to look at how including a statutory duty for local authorities to fast track funding for social care can be included in the Bill.

New End of Life Care Report Shows No Room for Complacency

Imelda Redmond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Imelda Redmond

Marie Curie works on its own and in partnership with a wide range of NHS, public and voluntary sector organisations to tackle many of the challenges highlighted in today's report. We want everyone, wherever they live to be able to have a 'good death', provided with the care they want and need, with support available for them and their families.

Breaking "Good": My First Psychedelic Drug Conference

Christine Coco Jun | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine Coco Jun

If the popular rise of drugs in mainstream culture is any indication of the times - just think how many viewers caught the finale of Breaking Bad - perhaps we need to especially reconsider the use of psychedelic drugs.

Can Giving Patients Choice Be Cost-Effective for the NHS?

Imelda Redmond | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Imelda Redmond

Better identification of people who are in the last days and weeks of life, increased provision of community-based services and greater integration of hospital and community-based services are essential to help reduce the pressures on the NHS and increase choices and services for people at the end of life.

Controversial End-Of-Life Care 'Should Be Scrapped'

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK

An independent review of a controversial end-of-life regime is likely to recommend that it is phased out, it has emerged. The review of the the Liv...

A Means to an End - An Analysis on the Assisted Dying Debate

Maggie Shinder | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Politics
Maggie Shinder

Assisted death is a complicated issue and for many people it is frightening to imagine the state a person must be in if they no longer want to live. But this does not mean the matter should be ignored or hidden from public debate.

90% Of Doctors Would Opt For Starvation Death If Terminally Ill

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.03.2013 | UK

Nine in 10 doctors claim they would be happy to effectively starve to death under a controversial end-of-life regime, if they were terminally ill. ...

The Hippocratic Paradox: When Is Resuscitating a Patient Doing Them Harm?

Elizabeth Dzeng | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Dzeng

I feel that the UK is at a crossroads in much the same way that the US was several decades ago. High profile court cases surrounding patient rights at the end of life catalyzed a set of changes, which led to America's current system of aggressive treatments at all costs regardless of futility or clinical common sense.

Is Choice a Reality for People at the End of Life?

Imelda Redmond | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Imelda Redmond

A number of surveys of the general population have shown that, if we had the choice, most of us would prefer to die at home if we were terminally ill.

Changes To End-Of-Life Care After Outcry Over Liverpool Care Pathway

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK

Changes to end-of-life care and single-sex wards are to be included in the NHS constitution under proposals unveiled on Monday. The reforms are des...