Tuesday, 06 October 2015

It's official. End of life care in the UK is the best in the world! This high ranking position was the result of a report released today by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The hospice movement was praised in this worldwide study of 80 countries. Peace Hospice Care are delighted that they play their part in helping the UK stay as world leaders in palliative care, a position held since the previous study in 2010.

Claire Henry, chief executive of the National Council for Palliative Care said; 'at its best how the UK cares for people who are dying is absolutely world class with hospice care leading the way.'

Every week, hundreds of individuals and their families across Hertfordshire are being supported by Hertfordshire Hospices, with over 14,000 people in the county benefiting from hospice care last year. In recognition of this, Hertfordshire Hospices have come together to shine a light on the wide range of services they offer, many of which may not be traditionally associated with hospice care.

Jackie Tritton, Director of Patient Services at Peace Hospice Care, said 'Hospices have evolved and adapted their care over the years to reflect the fact that people are now living much longer after being diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses. A lot of what Hertfordshire Hospices now do is helping to control patients' symptoms, manage their illness and build coping strategies so that they and their families can enjoy life as fully as possible.'

This evolution of care means that complementary and alternative therapies (ranging from art and music to reflexology and hydrotherapy) are being widely offered in hospices throughout Hertfordshire, with over 5,000 people benefiting from sessions last year.

Peace Hospice Care needs to raise £5 million every year in charitable income to continue its services and ensure that patients and their loved ones facing a life limiting illness can get the support they need.

For further information on the report findings visit www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34415362