Charlton Lane Hospital are celebrating Dying Matters Week this week with lots of information events to promote the importance of ‘Being Ready’.
66,907,379 is the number of people in the world as of 13/5/19. Only 26,762,952 have made a will. Only 4,014,443 have a funeral plan. Only 3,000,000 have let their wishes be known. Only 6,690,738 have a lasting power of attorney.
And only 2,676,295 have an Advance Care Decision.
It is really important to ‘Be Ready’ for the time that we may need decision made in relation to planning for the end of our life. Whilst this may appear morbid, it is actually a very important and positive discussion to have and make plans so that we receive the right care at the right time.
Four trust staff members have successfully completed the End of Life Development Course and implemented projects to support End of Life Care including:
- Community Learning Disability Nurse, Peter Day, designed a ‘Dying Matters’ desktop background which has gone out on all computers across the Trust.
- Mulberry Ward Staff Nurse, Katherine Pain-Tolin, designed and implemented a support package for carers following the death someone including a sympathy card and follow up letters.
- Willow Ward Charge Nurse, Nick Grenville, developed and implemented a questionnaire for patients and carers to initiate the important conversation about death and what the patient would want.
- Mulberry Ward Manager, Gemma Hayward, designed and implemented a key fob to accompany the Advance Care Plan so health care professionals would be aware at all times that a person had an Advance Care Plan and ensure that the right could be given at the right time.
Charlton Lane Hospital are supporting Dying Matters Week from the 13th-19th May with various information stands and promotion:
We’re at EDF Energy promoting the importance of Advanced Care Planning
10am – 3pm: Information Bus in Cheltenham Town Centre (outside Marks & Spencer)
12pm – 3pm: Information stand at Charlton Lane Hospital Main Reception
Please come along to the high street event or to Charlton Lane Hospital to find out more and make your plans.