Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week (14th to 20th May) by encouraging local people to talk openly to each other about the simple steps which can make a difference when they are dying or bereaved.
The 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 Dying Matters Awareness Week 2012 is “Small Actions, Big Difference”, aimed at encouraging people and organisations to take the simple steps that can make a big difference to people when they are dying or bereaved. Whether it is through sharing their wishes with someone close to them, registering to become an organ donor, writing a will, considering taking out a funeral plan or making an effort to speak to someone who has been recently bereaved, members of the public can take small actions that make a real difference.
Susan Bowler, Executive Nurse Director at the Trust, said: “We are committed to providing people with the highest possible quality of care, and looking after people who are at the end of their lives is extremely important to us.
“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.”