We have all experienced the deaths of loved ones. Often these deaths will have been peaceful and dignified, but sometimes they will have been unpleasant. My colleagues and I at Ipswich & East Suffolk CCG are working hard to ensure that more people have a positive experience of NHS care at the end of their lives. We simply want more people to have the end of life care that we would wish for ourselves and for our families.
Much progress has been made already in helping people who want to die at home to do so. Our colleagues at St. Elizabeth Hospice and in the local community healthcare teams have helped to provide excellent care at home for those with terminal illnesses. Obviously, care at Ipswich Hospital continues for patients for whom home care is not appropriate.
We are continuing to build upon recent achievements, but we know that we have more work to do to help terminally ill patients and their families. The information below provides lots of information about services for patients at the ends of their lives. We hope that you find it informative and helpful.
It also includes links to other palliative care information which may be of interest. These pages are aimed at both people who may need to use palliative care services & those who provide them.
The development of these pages was underpinned by a whole system intelligence gathering through the Marie Curie Delivering Choice Programme in Suffolk.
Palliative care is defined by NICE as follows:
Palliative care is the active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness. Management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social and spiritual support is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families. Many aspects of palliative care are also applicable earlier in the course of the illness in conjunction with other treatments.
Palliative care aims to:
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To contact the website team:
Anglia cancer network
Ipswich Hospital - Palliative Care Team
Learning Location - Palliative Care
Norfolk and Suffolk Palliative Care Academy
"Be ready for it" - Planning for your future
St Elizabeth Hospice
Suffolk COPD Services - Respiratory Palliative Care Review
Suffolk Cruse - Bereavement Care
Suffolk Family Carers
Gold Standards Framework
Help the Hospices
Improving End of Life Care
Marie Curie Cancer Care
National Council for Palliative Care - East England
National End of Life Care Intelligence Network
NICE - End of life care for adults quality standard
Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities
Therapy Directory: Complementary Therapies for Palliative Care