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Palliative and End of Life Care

This page is intended for both healthcare professionals and members of the public who may want to use the services or just find out more.  It highlights the services available in north east Essex and provides links to other sites that hold useful information including patient leaflets

Palliative care as defined by NICE is the active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness.  Management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social and spiritual support is paramount.  The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families.  Many aspects of palliative care are also applicable earlier during the illness in conjunction with other treatments.

Palliative care aims to:

  • Affirm life and regard dying as a normal process
  • Provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Integrate the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
  • Offer a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
  • Offer a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement

End of Life Care as defined by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) is care that helps all those with advanced, progressive, incurable illness to live as well as possible until they die.  It enables the supportive and palliative care needs of both patient and family to be identified and met throughout the last phase of life and into bereavement.  It includes management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social, spiritual and practical support.

If you are a patient, carer or medical professional and need help or advice SinglePoint is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on Tel: 01206 890360.

All the Palliative and End of Life provider services in north east Essex work closely together and include GPs, St Helena Hospice (including SinglePoint), ACE (which provide Community nursing and Clacton/Harwich Hospitals), Colchester Hospital, and The J's Hospice.  Across the area there is access to the End of Life register called ‘My Care Choices’, and this should help deliver the best care and support patient’s choice in every care setting.

Relevant documents can be found in the library.  The intended audience for these forms is medical professionals, but we have made these available to the public should they wish to access them.

Palliative Care and End of Life Documents 

The information contained below can be viewed by patients and clinicians alike.

 Patient Information

 Clinicians Information

 Advance Care Planning

 Anticipatory prescribing guidelines for systems at the  end of life

 Anticipatory medicines – patient leaflet

 Anticipatory prescribing guidelines for systems at EoL  **Authorisation Form**

 Coping with Dying (CHUFT)

 Core Care Plans

 Coping with Dying (ACE)

 

 Dementia and End of Life Choices

 

 Fast Track pathway tool for NHS Continuing Healthcare^

 Fast Track pathway tool for NHS CHC^

 Medication Administration – information leaflet for patients and families

 Four level model assessment psychological services

 

 Guidance for healthcare professionals for the last days  of life

 

 Individual care record for the last days of life

 

 Medication Administration pathway

 Medication Administration Record Sheet^

 Medication Administration Record Sheet^

 Medication Administration Remit (Hospice@Home/Marie Currie)^

 Medication Administration Remit  (Hospice@Home/Marie Currie)^

 

 Meds Form 2 drug – 4 week (Hospice@Home/Marie Currie)

 

 Mouth care guidance for patients in last few days of life in NEE

 

 Nursing Needs Assessment Template

 

 Opioid Conversion Chart – May 2015

 

 Palliative Care Formulary and guidelines

 PPC Preferred priorities for care^

 PPC Preferred priorities for care^

 Syringe Drivers and Anticipatory (just in case) Medicines – Patient leaflet

 Referral form for Specialist Palliative Care (Essex)

 

 Resuscitation Adult DNA CPR Form

 

 Syringe Pump compatibility – 2 additional drugs plus  diamorphine

 

 Syringe Pump compatibility – 2 additional drugs plus oxycodone

 

 Syringe pump compatibility – 2 drugs

 

SinglePoint palliative care and End of Life service

What is SinglePoint?

SinglePoint is a service for those who:

  • Have a condition making it likely they are in the last year of life
  • Have a severe chronic disease for whom a deterioration may be life-threatening
  • Are in frail overall health and at risk of sudden deterioration
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