End of life care at hospital

Patients will die in hospital either because that is what they planned for or because it is the best thing for them, as advised by healthcare professionals.

Patients may prefer to die in hospital if they have concerns around how they will be cared for at home.  They will have access to nurses and doctors’ day and night to ensure that you are comfortable and pain-free. Chaplain services are also available for spiritual guidance.

The idea of dying in hospital may be distressing, and it can be difficult to have the same level of privacy as in other settings. Patients and their loved ones can communicate with ward staff about visiting and bringing in comforts from home. Staff will want to make them as comfortable as possible, and the knowledge that they are there can be reassuring.

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Information Product № Published 12/04/2024
Last Updated 17/04/2024 Next Review Due 17/04/2027