District nursing and end-of-life care
Jenny Jones District nursing sister, St Martin’s Clinic, Cheshire West Primary Care Trust, Chester
Jacqueline Pooler Community Macmillan clinical nurse specialist, Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Backford, Nr Chester
It is currently, widely believed that the majority of end-of-life patients would prefer to die at home given the choice. Care of the dying patient in the community often falls to the district nurse. However, without a clear ‘care of the dying’ pathway in place, district nurses can find it difficult to deliver adequate end-of-care. This article describes the development of such a pathway by teams involved in end-of-life care.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 4, 9,36-39. doi: 10.7748/cnp2005.11.4.9.36.c151