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New end-of-life service launched

Keech boss Mike Kele with Dr Nina Pearson (left) and hospice clinical director Liz Searle

Keech boss Mike Kele with Dr Nina Pearson (left) and hospice clinical director Liz Searle

Numerous surveys reveal that patients with terminal illnesses would rather die at home than in hospital.

Now a new service launched by Keech Hospice Care will ensure they can do just that.

The My Care Co-ordination Team will make a huge difference to people across Luton who have deteriorating conditions or who are approaching the end of their lives.

It will enable patients to remain in their own homes and reduce unplanned emergency admissions, while working closely with hospital, community, hospice and social care colleagues.

The project has been developed with Luton Clinical Commissioning Group and Luton & Dunstable Hospital, among others.

LCCG clinical chair Dr Nina Pearson said: “Ensuring high quality and compassionate care for patients approaching the end of their life, along with a dignified death in the place of their choice, is so important in a civilised society.”

Macmillan lead nurse Clare Hearnshaw added: “End of life care can seem confusing to patients and their families but now it will be more co-ordinated, which will improve their experience.”

 

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