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Palliative and End of Life Care in North Tyneside.

Dr Kathryn Hall gave us a presentation today entitled “Palliative and End of Life Care in North Tyneside”.

Kathryn’s presentation was a factual account of what happens in North Tyneside and how it has changed over the last 10 years. The emphasis has changed from "I the doctor know best and this is what is going to happen" to "This is what I think is wrong with you and these are your options what do you think?".

Back in 2010 70% of patients said they wanted to die at home but 60% actually died in hospital today 66% die at home. Katheryn when on to talk about the confusion back in 2010 about things like DNR requests, there were so many different types the they never got actioned because the hospitals, ambulance service and even the doctors surgeries some many about 18 different forms trying to do the same thing and getting nowhere because of the different types, now there is only one Emergency Care Plan and one Advanced Decision form (in North Tyneside and Newcastle).

Palliative Care to most people means getting ready to die very soon but it is NOT, Palliative care, is specialised medical care that is provided for people who are experiencing serious illness, such as cancer, even if that illness is not currently life threatening. Palliative means pain relief, so palliative care is focused on areas like easing symptoms rather than curing the underlying disease.

The whole presentation was very factual, informative and sometimes startling in what processes were which kept all the men involved.

Questions followed on several points to conclude a very entertaining morning.

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