Sadly, every year hundreds of patients in Portsmouth die as a result of terminal illnesses and old age. Portsmouth CCG is trying to improve the quality of patient’s deaths by doing everything possible to ensure, whenever possible, that a patients’ passing is in a place and in a way with which the patient is comfortable.
This will often involve the GP discussing the patient’s preferences with them and producing an action plan aimed at achieving the passing of their choice. The action plan may be shared with other care organisations in Portsmouth, such as Portsmouth Out of Hours GP, South Central Ambulance and Portsmouth Hospital Trust. To facilitate this information sharing, Portsmouth uses an End of Life Locality Register which allows all involved agencies to be aware of a patient’s choices.
This conversation can be initiated by either the GP or the patient as appropriate – please make an appointment if it is something that you would like to discuss.