Today Marie Curie launches a new survey of UK nurses, in partnership with Nursing Standard magazine.
It shows that nine out of ten nurses have witnessed dying patients stranded in hospital as a result of delays in funding that would have otherwise allowed them to be cared for at home, or in the community.
Six out of 10 (62 per cent) say it is a common occurrence and more than half (54 per cent) think that the number of patients stuck in hospital as increased since last year.
Commenting in response, Carole Walford, Chief Clinical Officer, at Hospice UK said:
“It is of great concern that the number of dying people stranded in hospital is higher than last year.
“Nurses continue to face huge barriers as they try to provide quality care to people in hospital during their final days. This causes considerable distress to patients and their families and is also highly stressful for nurses themselves.
“As this survey shows the winter pressures on the NHS this year have again impacted on end of life care in hospitals. However, the survey raises other ongoing issues such as the need for better integrated working between the NHS and community-based services.
“Many hospices are already reaching out hospitals to work together in partnerships to improve end of life care in acute settings through training and education. Hospices are also working to improve and expand services such as rapid discharge schemes and also support carers, so that more people are able to die in a place of their choosing.”
Notes to Editor:
- In the UK almost half of people spend their final days in a hospital bed yet the vast majority of people say they would prefer to be cared for in their own home or in a hospice.
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and palliative care. We support and champion the work of 220 hospices across the UK, campaign for access to good end of life care for everyone and encourage open conversations about death and dying.
- Hospice UK leads the Dying Matters campaign which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.
- For information about hospice and palliative care visit our website www.hospiceuk.org or follow us on Twitter @hospiceuk
- For information about Dying Matters visit http://www.dyingmatters.org/ or follow us on Twitter @DyingMatters
- Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK at: www.ehospice.com/uk This service is managed by Hospice UK.
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