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Terminally ill get more choice

PUBLISHED: 08:47 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:26 03 July 2010

PEOPLE in Great Yarmouth and Waveney suffering from terminal illnesses are to be given more choice about where they receive treatment and where they will die.

PEOPLE in Great Yarmouth and Waveney suffering from terminal illnesses are to be given more choice about where they receive treatment and where they will die.

An overhaul in end-of-life care in the district brings with it the promise of 10 extra Marie Curie nurses, in a bid to double the number of terminally ill people who are given the choice of spending their final days in their own home.

NHS Yarmouth and Waveney is teaming up with charity Marie Curie Cancer Care to step up services to people with terminal illnesses, irrespective of their diagnosis.

The Marie Curie Delivering Choice Programme was launched at All Hallows Conference Centre in Ditchingham, near Bungay, yesterday.

Pam Fenner, the health trust's director of nursing, said: “Research has shown the majority of patients with a terminal illness wish to die peacefully at home, but currently only a small percentage can fulfil that wish. This programme will ensure more people are given that choice, and that they and their families or carers are offered emotional and practical support.”

The programme will improve patient access to services and information and 10 Marie Curie nurses will be drafted in to create a new team by the end of February, in a step-up from the previous level

of two.


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