Quiz the experts: live Facebook Q&A to talk about end of life care

Date: 18 April 2017

As an ambulance service, it’s engrained in us to save life at every opportunity.

But sometimes we’re called to people for who, very sadly, there is no cure. It’s a difficult scenario for us, and we still have a duty to provide care to people who are at the end of their lives, and support to their families and carers.

Talking about end of life care can be really tough, but it’s really important we put it firmly on the radar for both our staff and for our communities.

So on Thursday (20th April), from 7-8pm, we’re hosting a live Q&A and discussion session on our East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust Facebook page around end of life care – and you’re welcome to join us.

Those involved will have the chance to speak to our ambulance clinical lead on end of life care, Sarah Stead, and Hospice of St Francis colleagues Claire Nicell, Lecturer Practitioner, and Fay Richardson, Community Nursing Services Lead.

Sarah says: “For us, a good death means making people as pain-free as possible. It’s about ensuring patients are involved in decisions about their care – and wherever possible that they die in their preferred place. It’s about focusing on their individual needs and preferences, and those of their family.

“It’s a difficult subject, but talking about dying really does matter. It’s important we get comfortable talking about ‘a good death’, and by that we mean one that’s peaceful, dignified, reflective and compassionate for every single person we see.”

Join us live on Thursday, from 7-8pm, on our official Facebook page.

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