Implementing end of life care for patients with renal failure
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Implementing end of life care for patients with renal failure

Cathryn Greaves Clinical lead/ward sister, Dialysis unit, University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay NHS Trust
Elizabeth Bailey Associate specialist in renal medicine, Dialysis unit, University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay NHS Trust
Les Storey National lead (Preferred Priorities for Care), NHS National End of Life Care Programme, University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay NHS Trust
Alison Nicholson Care co-ordinator, University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay NHS Trust

Traditional palliative care services have focused on individuals with cancer. The NHS National End of Life Care Programme, launched in December 2003, has been working to address this anomaly and to try to enhance end of life care provision for other patient groups. This article reports on work in the area of renal failure at Westmorland General Hospital, Cumbria, where the Preferred Priorities for Care tool has been introduced to support patients nearing the end of life.

Nursing Standard. 23, 52,35-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.09.23.52.35.c7236

Correspondence

Cathryn.A.Greaves@mbht.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review