You only die once: Hospice featured in national news broadcast on end of life care

Hospice of St Francis
Hospice of St Francis

The Berkhamsted-based Hospice of St Francis has been featured on national television as part of a campaign to get people talking about end of life care.

The palliative care centre off Shootersway is taking part in the Dying Matters initiative this week, and welcomed Sky News for a live broadcast on the subject this morning.

The campaign comes as a report from the Royal College of Physicians, published yesterday, revealed significant variations in the standards of care for people dying in hospitals across the country.

Hospice director Dr Ros Taylor told Sky: “We consult very closely with patients and families trying to anticipate with them what’s going to happen.

“Most people want to know where they’re going to die. They really want to know what support is available.

“Most people cope very well with that conversation if it’s held at that time with the right people.

“I think it’s a really serious issue in hospitals because about a quarter of a million people die in hospitals at the moment.

“We hope that those numbers will decrease so that more people can die at home, but at the moment those numbers are enormous, so the quality of care has to improve.”

The theme of the fifth annual Dying Matters awareness week is ‘You Only Die Once’, using the Twitter hashtag: #YODO. The event runs until Monday.

Join in the Twitter live chat on ‘You Only Die Once – Let’s get it right’ with @learnhospice from 8pm tonight.