Child of my Child

When Sam Newman lost his Grandmother to cancer, it was Wakefield Hospice that helped him remember her as she was once was – a social butterfly. Here’s their story… I’ve always been extremely close to my Grandma, or Willow as I called her. We had a willow tree in our back garden, where we sat […]

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The Beginning of Better End of Life Care?

In a week where Dying Matters are asking us to talk about dying, death and bereavement, an investigation by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman into complaints about end of life care has been published: Dying without Dignity. The reports highlights the poor service some patients and families are receiving when they need end of […]

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Raising Money to Make Syringe Drivers Available Where They are Needed

Louise Nicholls lost her Dad to cancer. He suffered unnecessary pain at the end because there wasn’t a syringe driver available in his area to deliver much needed pain relief. Since then Louise and her family have dedicated their lives to raising money to make more syringe drivers available – so that others don’t have […]

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A Sense of Control

My 85 year-old mother recently had a letter from the local NHS Trust asking her to detail what would be important to her in any future care. Great, we thought: the NHS seems to be interested in quality of life rather than simply in prolonging it. (My mum has always been adamantly against being kept […]

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Coming Home

Brian Andrews, Chair of the Lay Representatives Board of the Pan London End of Life Alliance experienced at firsthand what can happen when palliative care doesn’t quite get it right.  In his heartbreaking story, Brian describes the trauma of losing his wife amidst a chaotic and ineffective system. By Rachel McClelland. Twenty-First -Century palliative care […]

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At Home With Cancer

Most terminally ill cancer patients want to die at home. In reality, few get the opportunity. Adrienne Betteley, End of Life Care Programme Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support, explains how the charity hopes to change that. Choice has become something of a buzz word in the NHS in recent years and politicians love to espouse […]

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Dying – a Human Experience

Palliative care may lack the glamour of some other areas of medicine. But in terms of importance, it’s rapidly gaining ground, says Professor Sheila Payne, Co-director of the International Observatory for End of Life Care. Stories about the NHS usually begin with how it lags behind health services in other countries and how patients are […]

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