We’re leading the way

We're leading the way

On Wednesday 23rd July, Help the Hospices launched a major new programme which aims to cut the number of people dying in hospital. Speaking at the event in Westminster, Help the Hospices Chairman Lord Howard described the new proposal as “a groundbreaking initiative by the hospice movement to transform the experiences people have at the end of their life.”

Help the Hospices are aiming to cut the number of people dying in hospital by 50,000 each year, which could generate savings of up to £80 million per year for the NHS, as well as ensuring higher quality, better targeted care for dying people.

Here at Woking & Sam Beare Hospices this work is already taking place and Nigel Harding Chief Executive was asked to attend the press conference to offer a professional insight into the realities of working with hospitals to provide a choice for people facing the end of life. Our joint partnership with Ashford & St Peters Hospital has improved the end of life care experience for many patients, and supported patient choice around their preferred place of death. Once a patient has been identified the transfer is quick and easy and once in our care, the family can gain other support services available to them at the hospice, such as bereavement care.

To read the full report on the Press conference and more details on our collaboration with Ashford & St Peters Hospital click here

Photo credit: ehospice L to R Woking & Sam Beare Hospices Chief Executive Nigel Harding, Help the Hospices Chairman Lord Howard and Chief Executive David Praill