It’s the subject nobody wants to discuss. It’s also the fact we all have to face, sooner or later.

Public Health England’s What We Know Now 2014 report found that the preferred place of death for people in England is at home, followed by hospices and care homes.

And here on the Fylde coast health professionals can claim a notable success in making people’s dying wish come true.

Back in 2010, the number of Fylde and Wyre residents dying in their preferred place was 40.6 per cent, slightly higher than the England average of 40.3 per cent. Since then a significant amount of work has gone into improving that figure.

As of 2015, the number of Fylde and Wyre residents who die in their preferred place of death has increased to 47.6 per cent, which is 2.5 per cent higher than the England average.

Dr Adam JanjuaThe improvement is down to the increased use of end-of-life care plans which ensure that all healthcare professionals know the preferred place of death for individual patients.

Fleetwood GP and Fylde and Wyre CCG end of life clinical lead Dr Adam Janjua said: “It is a fundamental right for patients to be allowed to die in a place of their choosing.

“This can only be facilitated by honest, open dialogue between healthcare professionals and the patient (and their family).  Everyone deserves to die a good death, free from pain, anxiety and distress.

“This increase is very encouraging and hopefully by working together we will be able to provide this to every patient in the future.”


 

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Notes to editors:

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government – around £200million in 2014/15 – and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.
  • For more information about the CCG and how to get involved log onto fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk