Local people will have an opportunity to speak to the experts and find out what steps they can take to make their end of life experience better for them and for their loved ones at a special event at the Guildhall on Tuesday, 13 May between 10am and 2.30pm.
The event coincides with 'Dying Matters Awareness Week' which encourages people to take five simple steps to plan for the future such as writing a will, recording funeral wishes, planning future care and support, considering registering as an organ donor and telling loved ones their wishes.
The event which is open to all, has been organised by Salisbury District Hospital and Salisbury Hospice staff as part of 'Dying Matters Awareness Week'. It will provide information on the support that is available to people in these two settlings, together with a wide range of advice from external bodies that can help people in meeting the five simple Dying Matters steps.
Sarah Hennell, Senior Nurse Manager in Palliative Care said: “ Planning for the end of your life or that of a loved one is a sensitive area and one which some people can find very difficult. However, it’s so important that people plan carefully and are aware of the support and advice that is available to them.”
“We want to get as many people as possible thinking and talking during Dying Matters Awareness Week and there will be the opportunity for the public to come into the Guildhall to meet and talk to a wide range of experts within the field. Broaching these issues early can help alleviate some of the stress and anxiety that can be a feature at the end of a life and improve the experience for all those involved.”
The Media are invited to attend the event at the Guildhall at 11am where there will be an opportunity to talk to staff and advisors. If you would like to attend please contact Patrick Butler (details below).
Notes to editors:
- The event is open to the public and will take place at Salisbury Guildhall in the Banqueting Hall from 10.00am - 2.30pm.
- Organisations involved include: Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust: The Palliative Care Team, Registration Office, Bereavement Team, Organ Donation nurses, the Chaplaincy Salisbury Hospice Representation from the Association of Undertakers Age UK Swan Advocacy CRUSE Bereavement Care Alzheimer's Society Citizen’s Advice Bureau
For further information please contact:
Salisbury District Hospital
Tel: 01722 425170.