16th May 2014 -‘Dying Matters’ event at Airedale Hospital
Visitors and staff alike were encouraged to talk about a sensitive subject – their death – at Airedale Hospital.
Hospital staff joined forces with local public and voluntary organisations yesterday (15 May) to highlight some of the issues about ‘end of life’ as part on ‘Dying Matters’ awareness week – a national annual campaign.
On hand were representatives from the Trust’s palliative care team and health information service, Age UK, Manorlands Hospice, Carers’ Resource, Cruse, different faith groups, organ donation, solicitor firms plus others.
Karen Dunwoody, patient experience lead for Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said the event proved very successful and created a great deal of interest and visitors were given a wealth of information about different aspects of ‘end of life’. There was a focus on five recommendations for people to do. These were:
- Write your will
- Record your funeral wishes
- Plan your future care and support
- Register as an organ donor
- Tell your loved ones your wishes”
Visitors were invited to take part in a ‘bucket list’ and write down one thing they wanted to do before they die.
She said: “The bucket list was full of ‘wishes’, some funny, some lighthearted, some very profound – but it made lots of people think and talk together.
“We are grateful to all who took part and hope the event has stimulated many people to consider carrying out one or more of the five things they need to do to live well and die well.”
For more information and a copy of a Dying Matters leaflet covering recording your funeral wishes, organ donation, writing a will and planning your future car and support visit http://dyingmatters.org