Doctors Pledge Special Care and Support for Dying Patients

Doctors Pledge Special Care and Support for Dying PatientsIn an attempt to demonstrate doctors and nurses commitment to providing special care and support to dying patients, more than 8,000 copies of a document created by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) will be posted in GP surgeries and waiting rooms across England.

The document was created in order to highlight the special role that doctors and nurses can play in ensuring that a dying patient’s remaining days are comfortable, as well as the role they can play in making sure that the patients and their loved ones get all the specialist care and emotional and spiritual support they need.

According to Professor Keri Thomas, RCGP clinical champion for end of life care, “GPs and their teams have a special relationship not just with their patients but with the people close to them, all of whom need special care and support through the process of dying”.

The document, which was created with input from patients, nurses, GPs, specialists, and representatives from health and social care, contains seven “pledges” that can help make a person’s last few days as comfortable as possible.

"There is no doubt that the provision of end of life services have been significantly improved in recent years, however there is still a long way to go before we can be confident that people always receive the best possible care", said Thomas.