End of Life Care
What is End of Life Care?
We follow the General Medical Council's (GMC) definition of End of Life Care:
'Patients are 'approaching the end of life' when they are likely to die within the next 12 months. This includes patients whose death is imminent (expected within a few hours or days) and those with:
- advanced, progressive, incurable conditions;
- general frailty and co-existing conditions that mean a patient is expected to die within 12 months;
- existing conditions if a patient is at risk of dying from a sudden acute crisis in their condition; and
- life threatening acute conditions caused by sudden catastrophic events'.
Our End of Life Care includes all care given to patients who are approaching the end of their life and following death. It is offered on all wards and within any service. It involves all aspects of essential care, specialist palliative care, bereavement support and mortuary services.