Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness. by means of early identification, and impeccable assessment and treatment, of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
End-of-life care (EoLC) helps all those with advanced, progressive, life-threatening illness to live as well as is possible, through the prevention and relief of suffering, until they die. It enables the needs of both patient and family to be identified and met throughout the last phase of life and into bereavement. It includes management of pain and other symptoms, and provision of psychological, social, spiritual and practical support.
On this webpage you will find service information, referral routes and a number of helpful tools that should help with early identification, making an advance care plan and other parts of end of life care.
The London EoLC Clinical Network (NHS E&I) has published a Covid-19 London Primary Care Support Document (see Downloads). This comprehensive document includes guidance around the entire EoLC pathway including symptom control, compassionate conversations and care after death among other areas.
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An end of life care medical authorisation and administration record (Maar) was agreed by the London-wide Clinical Advisory Group in July 2020.
Via Coordinate My Care, those with chronic healthcare conditions and/or life-limiting illnesses can create a personalised care plan so that they can express their wishes on how and where they are treated and cared for. This can be shared electronically with urgent care providers, especially in an emergency.