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Supporting health and social care providers in Devon

End of Life Care

End of Life can be an extremely difficult and stressful for the person who is coming to the end of their life, their family and the carer. We have pulled together sources of information to help you find support.

CQC’s End of Life Thematic Review Report

The CQC’s End of Life Thematic Review Report was created following the recommendation of “More care, less pathway, the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway”, The CQC looked at ‘how dying patients are treated across various settings’. In particular, they focused on end of life care for people who may be less likely to receive good care, whether because of diagnosis, age, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or social circumstances.

Care and support of dying adults in the last days of life

This report from McMillan – No Regrets finds that more than 62,000 people die of cancer in hospitals each year in the UK despite a significant majority stating that they would like to die at home. It reveals the challenging obstacles that people face when discussing death and highlights the need for better communication to help people plan for their final days.

NICE Quality standard – Care of dying adults in the last days of life

This quality standard covers the clinical care of adults (aged 18 and over) who are dying, during the last 2 to 3 days of life. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Hospice care is your local hospice charity.
Providing expert support, resources and personalised specialist care for people in Exeter, Mid & East Devon who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Please see map below to identify nearest hospice care shop, nursing team or hospice.

Map of Devon showing Hospicare locations

Hospice Care Values –
We want everyone approaching the end of their lives to receive the best possible care and to die well in their preferred place of care.

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Rowcroft Hospice

Rowcroft Hospice support people living with lifetime illnesses in South Devon. They provide comfort, support and specialist services to their patients in their homes, in the community and at their inpatient unit in Torquay.

At the inpatient unit in Torquay there is a range of doctors, nurses, social workers and a range of other health and social care professionals to provide specialist care. Rowcroft are currently caring for ¾ of their patients in their own homes from Dartmouth to Dawlish delivering support tailored to the individual’s needs.

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Macmillan Nurses

Macmillan Nurses are a valued source of information, advice and support for cancer patients and their family. Macmillan advocates the Government and NHS for better support to allow people to die in the place and manner of their choosing. They offer a range of support and further information can be found on their website

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