Hospice transfer for patients at the end of life: part 2
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Hospice transfer for patients at the end of life: part 2

Michael Philip Tapley Medical director, Willow Wood Hospice, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire
Louise Hoey Speciality doctor in palliative medicine, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, and locum GP, Manchester
Charlotte Talbot Foundation year 1 doctor, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds

This is the second in a series of two articles on improving end of life care for terminally ill patients in a medical assessment unit. Through joint working between staff in a district general hospital and staff at a hospice, a new service was developed offering patients who are at the end of life and being cared for in the medical assessment unit the opportunity to be transferred to the hospice for palliative care instead of acute interventions. This article uses an ethical framework to examine the ethical, legal and practical considerations involved in developing the new service.

Nursing Standard. 28, 9, 44-49. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 03 April 2013

Accepted: 15 August 2013