Trust puts end of life care in the spotlight

Royal Lancaster Infirmary
Royal Lancaster Infirmary

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust is holding three events to get everyone talking about end of life care.

Around 500,000 people die in England each year, and it is predicted that this will rise to 590,000 within the next 20 years.

There is a major mismatch between people’s preferences for where they would like to die and their actual place of death.

Research shows that around 70 per cent of people would prefer to die at home, yet around 60 per cent currently die in hospital.

Alison Scott, End of Life Care Lead Nurse, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, has arranged the events to encourage more people to talk about their wishes when it comes to the end of their lives.

Alison Scott said: “I want to see as many staff and members of the public come along to the events to learn more about their options when it comes to end of life care.”

As well as hospital staff, representatives from other organisations, including St John’s Hospice in Lancaster, St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston, and Cancer Care, will be attending the events.

The event takes place on September 16, 5pm to 7pm, in the Education Centre at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

There are two other events being held at Furness General Hospital and Westmorland General Hospital on September 18 and September 24.