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London South Bank University (LSBU) has teamed up with Saint Francis Hospice to offer new, part-time and full-time interdisciplinary postgraduate courses in palliative and end of life care. The new courses, starting September 2016, have been designed to address the complexities and multi-professional nature of palliative care. The course curriculum…
In a UK first, researchers from the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool, based at the University of Liverpool, have utilised a novel assessment tool to help monitor the hydration levels of a critically ill patient with POEMS syndrome to improve care. Hydration in critically ill patients is important and…
Many dying gay people face "significant barriers" to accessing end-of-life care, a new report has found. Some lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people fear they will be discriminated against by healthcare workers, according to the Marie Curie report Hiding Who I Am. These fears are "not unwarranted", the authors…
Thousands more patients with terminal cancer could go into remission if immunotherapy drugs were used in combination, scientists believe. The drugs, which have boosted survival for dying patients, enable the body's immune system to hunt out and attack cancer cells. But only around a fifth of patients get a good…
Almost one in four cancer patients need to see their GP at least three times before getting referred to hospital, a new survey suggests. This means thousands of cancer sufferers are having to make repeated trips to their family doctor before being sent to see a specialist. The National Cancer…
More than two thirds (68%) of people with palliative care needs have said that ‘planning for the future’ is their biggest worry – in a survey of palliative care experiences across the island of Ireland. Half of palliative care users (52%) said they felt frustrated or helpless. 51% said their…
A quarter of a million people across the UK could die needlessly over the coming nine years from preventable conditions, a new report suggests. More must be done to address the nation's "shocking" rate of premature death, experts said after the reserach found that without significant national action 250,000 people…
The vast majority of cancer patients are happy with their care, a new survey has found, although nearly 300 patients had to go to their GP five times or more before they were referred to hospital. The results of the first-ever Scottish cancer patient experience survey showed 94% classed their…
Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has paid tribute to the invaluable work at the Hospice following an extensive £13million refurbishment at their Somerton Road premises. The Minister visited the new facility following a two year construction project. The new 18 bed unit will provide palliative care for patients with a wide…
Councils and GP groups across England are failing to plan for the needs of dying people, according to a new report. The charity Hospice UK used the Freedom of Information Act to find out how well councils and NHS groups assessed the needs of dying people in their communities. The…
People are increasingly comfortable talking about death but too many are not "getting their affairs in order", experts have warned. The Dying Matters Coalition and the National Council for Palliative Care encouraged people to put end-of-life plans in place saying the process "enables us to get on with living". The…
The concept of the so-called "weekend effect" on mortality rates for patients admitted to hospital on Saturdays and Sundays is a "major oversimplification" of a complex issue, experts have said. There has been much debate over the weekend effect, which suggests the mortality rate for patients admitted to hospital at…
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