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New service to support people who have deteriorating health and require supportive palliative care

Advance care planning

A new service to support people who have deteriorating health and require supportive palliative care is being launched in Lincolnshire next week.

People  discharged from Pilgrim Hospital in Boston who have an irreversible deteriorating health condition will be identified as benefiting from an Advance Care Planning conversation.

The service aims to give people time and space for the difficult and compassionate conversations that are needed when discussing future wishes and choices about their end of life care.

It will also put in place plans which are shared with their GP and other community teams to make sure that the palliative care provided meets their needs as closely as possible.

This service has been developed in response to feedback from patients, their families and carers, and healthcare staff, and will be delivered by the Butterfly Advance Care Planning & Co-ordination Team (ACCT), supported by the Butterfly Hospice.

Bridget MacPherson, Chief Executive Officer at Butterfly Hospice said the service has been designed to ensure that people deteriorating from a life limiting condition have had high quality and timely conversations about dying, death and bereavement.

Bridget said: “It is so important that the needs of people deteriorating from a life limiting condition are recognized early and that they have robust care assessments in place.

She added: “The service is a Proof of Concept and will initially run for 8 weeks.”

Louise Price, Neighbourhood Lead for Boston said people referred into the service will have access to experienced palliative care nurses who will have a compassionate conversation with them to establish what matters most to them and their families to enable them to live well until they die.”

Louise said: “This conversation can be by telephone, e-consultation, or face to face in the person’s own home in a COVID-19 secure way. It can also include any other people that the person chooses to support them.”

She added: “Should the conversation identify any other referrals to support services, they will be initiated too.”

The service launches on Monday 9 November and will operate Monday to Friday, 1000-1800 hrs.


Published 06/11/2020