Palliative Care Week 2015

27/10/2015

Palliative Care Week 2015 takes place from 25th to 31st October.

The is an All-Ireland event and is being coordinated by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC).

The aim is to raise greater awareness of the many different settings in which palliative care can be provided – depending on each person’s needs and/or preferences.

The All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care’s (AIIHPC) key messages are:
A Palliative Care approach...

  • Can be provided in many different settings – at home, in care homes, in hospitals, or in hospice units – depending on each person’s needs and preferences
  • Aims to achieve the best possible quality of life for people with serious illness
  • Is beneficial for anyone with a non-curable illness, regardless of age or condition
  • May be suitable for a number of years, not just the weeks and days at the end of life
  • Supports family, friends and carers both during an illness and afterwards.

    Keep bowel happy! - online support for palliative care

A new online resource has been compiled and launched by members of the Palliative Care Team and members from All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care to help those supporting and caring for those receiving palliative care. Please see short video here: https://youtu.be/ZjbIGWP_jVU  

Constipation is a common and debilitating symptom in the palliative care population, generating considerable suffering and affecting quality of life. Unfortunately it is poorly recognised by healthcare providers largely due to lack of awareness. However a new online resource has been developed by members of Belfast Trusts Palliative Care team along with the All Ireland Institute of hospice and Palliative Care.

Find out more…

Palliative Care Week: Go to www.palliativecareweek.com  
The Palliative Care intranet web page is a key Trust resource for clinical information and includes advice on symptom management, discharge planning, medicines information and end of life care. There is also useful patient information. Please go to:
http://intranet.belfasttrust.local/directorates/css/Pages/Palliative%20Care/Welcome.aspx