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Derby Hospitals supports Dying Matters Awareness Week

14 May 2012

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging patients, visitors and staff to talk about death, dying and bereavement as part of Dying Matters awareness week.

The Dying Matters coalition’s annual awareness week runs from 14-20 May 2012. Talking about death and dying is often considered a ‘taboo’ subject, and the aim of the awareness week is to get people talking about end of life care.

Karen Bussooa, Liverpool Care Pathway/End of Life Care facilitator for Derby Hospitals, said: “We believe that everyone approaching the end of life has the right to the highest quality care and support, wherever they live, and whatever their condition. Enabling staff to be more confident opening up conversations about people’s wishes for end of life care will help to ensure that we can help people to achieve their wishes.”

Karen will be running an information stand with leaflets and advice about end of life care and Dying Matters Awareness Week in the alcove near Boots, Level 1, the Royal Derby Hospital, 8.30am-4pm on 16 May. Patients, visitors and staff are encouraged to visit the stand and talk about end of life care.

Derby Hospitals is part of the End of Life Integrated Care Pathway in Derbyshire, which aims to bring healthcare services closer together to support patients who receive their care in different places, such as in an acute hospital, community hospital and at home. An integral part of care is the patient-held ‘Gold’ booklet, designed for patients to record their end of life wishes.

Dr Maelie Swanwick, consultant in palliative medicine, said: “People often have strong thoughts about where they would like to be cared for at the end of life, but they are often admitted to hospital because they haven't been given the opportunity to express and record their preferences.

"Understandably, there are many reasons which can prevent patients dying in their preferred place of care, such as an exacerbation of symptoms or carer breakdown. Where possible, it is a Derby Hospitals priority for patients to die in their preferred place of care.”


For further information, please contact:

Liz Smith
Communications Officer
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
01332 785778

Notes to Editors:

More information on end of life care can be found at www.

Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient
The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is an integrated care pathway that is used at the bedside in the last hours and days of life.

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About Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust operates the Royal Derby Hospital, incorporating the Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, London Road Community Hospital and services in the community and some satellite services at other hospitals. The Derby Graduate Entry Medical School, on the Royal Derby Hospital site, is run in partnership with the University of Nottingham.

We pride ourselves on delivering high quality patient care. This has helped put us among the cleanest and safest hospitals in the country. Our vision is to continue to build on our achievements, through ‘Taking Pride in Caring’. We provide a wide range of services including specialist medical and surgical, maternity and fetal medicine, rehabilitation care and accident and emergency services. We have a total of 1,100 beds, many of which are single rooms for improved privacy and dignity for patients.