Hospitals are being urged to take part in the second part of a project looking to improve palliative care in Scotland.
A joint initiative between the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care, NHS boards and Macmillan Cancer Support, building on the best is looking to address some of the ‘many challenges’ to delivering good palliative and end-of-live care.
With around half of those who die in Scotland each year doing so in a hospital, the partnership says it’s all the more important they are places where people receive good care at the end of their life..
Another objective is to improve communication between all parties involved so decisions about someone’s care can be made together.
The difficulties in predicting when an individual is going to die leaves doctors, nurses, families and loved ones dealing with great uncertainty and discussing possible scenarios is something many people do not want to do.
Commencing in August, phase two of will consist of establishing a Scottish hospital palliative care network, support for local ward-based improvements and greater public engagement.