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Palliative Care Week 2020 – We’re in This Together

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The Palliative Care team in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust wish to highlight some common myths associated with end of life care during Palliative Care Week, 13 – 19 September 2020, to help everyone understand the service better.

In its seventh year, the week aims to raise awareness that palliative care is an approach that offers various benefits to improve the quality of life for patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, though the prevention and relief of suffering.

Fiona Gilmour, Macmillan Palliative Care Service Improvement Lead, shared; “We realise through chatting to patients and their families that many misconceptions exist around what palliative care is and how the service works. Therefore to help educate the public, each day across this week we plan to share a myth and fact on our Northern Trust social media platforms, should anyone with a serious illness or a loved one need this type of care, they will know what to expect and the benefits it can provide.

“Palliative care can be difficult to come to terms with, however this year the pandemic created very complex circumstances for patients and their families. The demand for palliative care remained throughout lockdown, therefore this year’s theme ‘In This Together’ really reflects the outstanding community response to help and assist our health care professionals in these extraordinary times.

“Managing Covid-19 and palliative care delivery together has been challenging. It requires a broad range of professionals, family carers and communities working together to support the patient to live as well as possible, for as long as they can.”

If you have any queries or questions around palliative care or wish to seek the service for a loved one, please contact Fiona Gilmour on email to [email protected]

To learn more about the service, follow the Northern Trust social pages @NHSCTrust to learn about the myths and facts each day across Palliative Care Week, 13 – 19 September 2020.

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