Saturday 24 February 2018

Hospice staff told how best to comfort patients

Healthcare staff who have to prepare a patient who is terminally ill have been told to avoid saying "there is nothing else we can do".

Instead they should use a phrase such as: "There isn't any specific treatment to make your illness go away but there is a lot we can do to help you cope."

The advice is contained in new resource launched by the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Dr Regina McQuillan, medical director of St Francis Hospice in Dublin and a palliative medicine consultant at Beaumont Hospital, said about 29,000 people die in Ireland each year.

"Every dying person can benefit from the hospice philosophy which emphasises the physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing of the patient and which can be delivered by all doctors and healthcare staff."

Irish Independent

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