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The challenges faced by children dealing with death or a bereavement in their family were discussed at a national conference hosted at the University of Chichester. Nearly 100 practitioners working with or supporting children facing life-shortening illnesses, their own death, or who have lost a relative attended the recent event.…
A new project to transform the aftercare and improve the quality of life for cancer survivors is being delivered by Sheffield Hallam University thanks to a £2.5million funding award by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Barts Health NHS Trust and…
Measures to prevent the so-called "weekend effect" have not made any difference in curbing excess deaths on Saturdays and Sundays, experts have claimed. Four priority standards for emergency care in hospitals in England were introduced in 2015 in a bid to reduce higher mortality rates at weekends. Patients admitted to…
Helena Bonham Carter has narrated a new film on childhood bereavement for Children In Need. Saying Goodbye features the stories of a group of children and young people in the UK dealing with the terminal illness or death of a parent. The King's Speech actress said: "It's a privilege to…
Terminally ill patients could be dying in hospitals due to delays with a "fast track" service aimed at helping people receive care outside of hospital, a new report suggests. The Continuing Healthcare package, funded by the NHS, is for some people whose health needs can be attended to outside of…
A 79-year-old woman left brain damaged and severely physically disabled following a stroke has died following a life-support treatment ruling by a judge in a specialist court. Mr Justice Cobb had decided that doctors could lawfully stop artificial feeding after analysing the case at a hearing in the Court of…
Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, remains the leading cause of death in England and Wales, figures show. New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the condition accounted for 12% of all deaths registered in 2016, up from 11.6% in 2015. Last year, dementia overtook heart disease as the…
Care homes could overtake hospitals as most common place to die, according to new research. Just over a fifth of people currently die in a care home but experts predict the number will more than double by 2040. Experts from King's College London analysed data from 2004 to 2014 for…
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