14 April 2020: Covid-19 update
The London End of Life Care (EOLC) Clinical Network (NHS E&I) has published a Covid-19 London Primary Care Support Document (latest version v3/13 May 2020). This comprehensive document includes guidance around the entire EOLC pathway including symptom control, compassionate conversations and care after death among other areas.
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End-of-life care (EoLC) helps all those with advanced, progressive, incurable illness to live as well as is possible until they die. It enables the needs of both patient and family to be identified and met throughout the last phase of life and into bereavement. It includes management of pain and other symptoms, and provision of psychological, social, spiritual and practical support.
Palliative care as defined by the World Health Organization is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, and impeccable assessment and treatment, of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
End-of-life care is a North Central London (NCL) Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) Priority and is outlined within the Last Phase of Life Project. More information on this work can be found on the North London Partners website or in the NCL STP Strategic Narrative.
A new end of life care medical authorisation and administration record has been agreed by the London-wide Clinical Advisory Group. It will be used across North Central London by all providers from Monday 6 July 2020.