Hospital backs awareness week

HEALTH chiefs who run Sutton’s King’s Mill Hospital will be supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week by encouraging folk to talk openly about the steps which can make a difference when they are dying or bereaved.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of 16,000 members of the national Dying Matters Coalition, with an interest in supporting changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement.

The theme of this week - ‘Small Actions, Big Difference’ - aims to encourage people and organisations to share their wishes with someone close to them, register to become an organ donor, write a will, consider taking out a funeral plan or making an effort to speak to someone who has been recently bereaved.

Susan Bowler, executive Nurse Director at the trust, said: “We want our patients and their families to receive first class, individualised care during illness and right through to the end of their lives.

“We are fortunate to have some of the most fantastic staff and facilities in our hospitals, which enables us to providing the high quality of end of life care, supported with privacy and dignity.

“We positively encourage discussion with all those involved to be sure that we understand and can respect the dying person’s wishes”

Research for Dying Matters has previously found that many people have specific wishes about their end of life care or what they would like to happen to them after their death, but that a reluctance to discuss these issues makes it much less likely that these will be met.

Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of the Dying Matters Coalition and the National Council for Palliative Care said: “Every minute someone in England dies, but many people still feel uncomfortable talking about end of life issues. Talking about dying, death and bereavement is in everyone’s interests as it can help ensure that all of us can get the care and support we want, where we want it at the end of our lives.

“Through being more confident in talking about dying and taking small actions to plan for the future and support each other, together we can make a big difference.”