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Dying Matters - what will matter to you?

The adult community rapid response team at West Heath Hospital is holding a series of events as part of efforts to put dying, death and bereavement high on the national agenda in Dying Matters Week.

Nursing colleagues gave out information and a range of resources to help prompt consideration and conversation about people's wishes as they near the end of their life.

Advanced nurse practitioner Jo Drever said: "Our team works almost entirely with elderly and frail people.

"Patients do want to talk to healthcare professionals about death and dying and healthcare professionals know the conversation should happen.

rapid response team at West Heath Hospital in Dying Matters Week.
Dying Matters cakes

"But too often, it doesn't take place - junior colleagues may think their seniors are doing it; meanwhile, senior colleagues assume juniors will have that conversation

"So, the message of Dying Mattes is very simple - just talk about it; start a conversation.

"The idea is to encourage each one of us - nurses, doctors, patients, relatives - to talk about what matters to us when it comes to death and dying."

Dying Matters is a coalition of individual and organisational members across England and Wales, which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life.

Click here for more information About Dying Matters Awareness Week.