End of life care is support for people who are approaching death. It helps them to live as well as possible until they die, and to die with dignity. It also includes support for their family or carers.
NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) works in collaboration with our partners; NHS Blackpool CCG, Trinity Hospice, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, GPs, community nurses and other local health and social care providers, to maintain comfort and dignity during end of life care for the local people we serve.
From September 2016, Fylde and Wyre GPs will pilot a system called EPaCCS (electronic palliative care co-ordinating systems) to record the wishes of people nearing their end of their life, to give them the best chance at a ‘good death’.
This record, which is held electronically and updated by all healthcare professionals involved in a patient’s care, includes information including where the person wishes to spend their final moments.
For more information on EPaCCS, watch this video:
At home and in care homes
People approaching the end of their lives can choose to be cared for at home, this includes care homes.
Community services are available, such as GPs, district nurses, social carers, hospice at home and Marie Curie nurses to support people and families/carers in their last week/days/hours of life.
“Just in case” medication can be prescribed and kept at home until such a time when a person needs some medication to help with symptoms, e.g. breathlessness, pain.
Equipment is available to support people to be cared for at home.