Brief overview document Informing about a new service been developed in response to feedback from people, including patients, their families and carers and health professionals. It aims to give time and space for the difficult and compassionate conversations that are needed when discussing future wishes and choices about their end of life care. . It will also put in place plans which are shared with their GP and other community teams to make sure that the palliative care provided meets their needs as closely as possible. On Monday 09 November 2020, this service will be initiated to support people who have deteriorating health and require supportive palliative care, being discharged from Pilgrim Hospital in Boston. The service will be delivered by the Butterfly Advance Care Planning & Coordination Team (ACCT), supported by the Butterfly Hospice. It will operate Monday to Friday, 1000-1800 hrs. See SOP for more details
Dr Mannix says "Today I was asked a great question about deciding whether or not a ventilator is the right treatment if someone has severe Corona virus infec1on. Is it better just to stay home? Will I die anyway? I gave my best answer, and tagged a very senior and experienced ICU specialist for her opinion, too. I thought the conversation might help lots of people who are discussing what treatments they would accept, and where they would draw the line, if they become very sick." If only we were all blessed with her communication skills.