Dying matters awareness week marked at NNUH

The Palliative Care team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is hosting a conference as part of Dying Matters awareness week.

Dying Matters Awareness Week runs from 9-15th May. The week aims to encourage people start to think about their end of life and to have conversations about death and their own wishes about the care they would like to receive, and raise awareness of this sensitive topic so that people can make the plans they want to in a timely way.

Healthcare professionals from across the region have been invited to the 31st Norfolk Palliative Care Conference which takes place from 8:30am-4:30pm on Thursday 12th May in the Bob Champion Research and Education Building. It will feature talks from NNUH consultants, plus guest speakers from Hospice UK and the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Topics covered include oncology and palliative care emergencies, liver failure and training in cognitive behavioural therapy. One of the NNUH Chaplains will also discuss spiritual issues in palliative care.

Dr Philip Wilkins, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at NNUH, said: “Our primary commitment is to ensure that our patients and their families receive the best possible care at the end of their lives. This conference is an important part of educating all those involved in this care so they can continue to learn and gain knowledge of best practice.”

Director of Nursing, Emma McKay added: “This is an opportunity for people who work at our hospital and further afield to increase their understanding about these important issues for patients who are reaching the end of their lives, and their loved ones.”

During the week an information stand will also be available to patients, visitors and staff in the East Atrium level 2. There will be information leaflets about preparing for death, advance care planning and dealing with bereaved people. Dr Wilkins will also be hosting a lecture which is open to all staff about end of life care.

Anyone interested in attending the conference can book by telephoning 01603 287227.

Monday 9th of May 2016 08:51:28 AM