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"As an elderly married couple, we cannot speak more highly of the excellent care and treatment we have had recently. All the staff we have received care through, and the doctors attention, has been second to none...We thank you all. "

Advanced Decisions, Statements & Living Wills

Advanced Statement

  • An advance statement can explain your likes and dislikes and include anything that is important for you to be comfortable. It allows you to say how you would like to be looked after and cared for and will be used if you ever lose the ability to make or communicate your own decisions.

 

  • Advance statements must be considered by the people providing your treatment when they determine what is in your best interests, but they are not legally bound to follow your wishes.

Advanced Decision to Refuse Treatment

  • An advance decision to refuse treatment (ADRT) allows you to specify what medical treatments you would not want to receive. It is legally binding, as long as it fulfils certain requirements. This means that doctors and other medical professionals must follow it.

 

  • An ADRT must indicate exactly what type of treatment you wish to refuse and should give as much detail as necessary about the circumstances under which this refusal would apply.

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  • It will only be used if you lose the capacity to make or communicate decisions about your treatment, e.g. if you have advanced dementia or are unconscious

Useful Links

  • Age UK has useful guidance and factsheets on living wills, advance decisions and advance statements.

  • Healthtalk gives a clear synopsis of advance decisions and advance statements

  • Example ADRT is an example of an ADRT that can be edited to express your views.

Living Wills

  • A living will is a statement expressing your views on how you would or would not like to be treated if you are unable to make decisions about your treatment yourself in the future. The term ‘living will’ doesn’t have a legal meaning but usually refers to either an advance decision or an advance statement.

Bereavement

General Information

Bereavement is the time we spend adjusting to loss. It is a distressing but common experience. There is no standard time and there is no right or wrong wat to feel during the bereavement period - everyone must learn to cope in their own way.

Grief, although normal, can manifest in a huge range of unexpected ways. Some people get angry, some people withdraw further into themselves, and some people become completely numb. It is not just one feeling, but a whole succession of feelings, which take a while to get through and which cannot be hurried. If you are having trouble with bereavement we are happy to see you for advice and support.

Useful Links

  • The NHS includes a search engine with a postcode checker to find bereavement services near you.

  • Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity for the bereaved, providing face-to-face and group support, delivered by trained bereavement support volunteers across the UK.

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"Just a few words to thank everyone at the surgery for the care my husband...received all the years he was registered with you. Especially the last few weeks. He will be greatly missed. Thank you very much."

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End of Life & Bereavement

Lasting Power of Attorney

General Information

A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you appoint one or more people to help you make decisions or make decisions on your behalf.

There are two types of LPA

  • Health and welfare

  • Property and financial affairs

You can choose to make one type or both.

 

This gives you more control over what happens to you if, for example, you have an accident or an illness and can’t make decisions at the time they need to be made.
You must be 18 or over and have mental capacity when you make your LPA.

Useful Links

  • The Office of the Public Guardian is there to protect people who lack capacity. Forms and guidance on appointing an LPA are available on this website. However, many people prefer to make arrangements via a solicitor, because making and registering an LPA can be a complex process.

  • Age UK  gives useful information on LPAs.

  • The Alzheimer’s Society has an audio factsheet on LPAs.

  • Mental Capacity Act is a booklet explaining about making decisions about your health, welfare or finances. Who decides when you can’t?

Organ & Body Donation

General Information

Transplants are one of the most miraculous achievements of modern medicine, but they depend on the generosity of donors and their families who are willing to make this life-saving or life-enhancing gift to others. One donor can save the life of several people, restore the sight of two others and improve the quality of life of many more.

 

Some believe that there is an age limit on becoming an organ donor, but this is a myth. Organs are successfully transplanted from people in their 70s and 80s, and the oldest cornea donor recorded was 104 years old. There are very few illnesses that prevent someone from donating their organs after death.

Useful Links

  • The NHS has an article on organ donation.

Donating Your Body to Medical Science

Some people choose to donate their bodies, or body parts, to medical schools.

Human bodies are used to teach students about the structure of the body and how it works; they may also be used to train surgeons and other healthcare professionals. People decide in advance to donate their body after their death. These donations are highly valued by staff and students at anatomy establishments.

Useful Links

  • The Human Tissue Authority gives guidance on donation of your body or body parts for anatomical examination, research, and education and training.

Planning Ahead

General Information

It is a prospect some patients prefer not to think about. Others like to plan ahead and decide what they would like to happen if dementia or a life-threatening accident or illness makes it impossible for them to manage their own affairs.

 

Your GP will be glad to discuss the matter with you and inform the relevant agencies to take account of your wishes when the time comes. But before you make any decisions it is important to discuss things with those nearest and dearest to you so they are aware and understand.

Useful Links

  • Dying Matters is an organisation which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. Their website has leaflets and advice on having discussions and planning ahead.

  • Healthtalk is a website detailing people’s experiences of illness, including dying and bereavement.

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"my thanks for your support and that of the team [Practice Care Coordination] on what for us as a family has been an extremely challenging week...Everyone I have spoken to has been really honest, understanding and helpful - A real credit to their profession."

Resuscitation Decisions

General Information

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is tried on everybody whose heart and breathing stop, if there is a chance it will work, and if the person has not refused CPR.

However, if people are already very seriously ill and near the end of their life, there may be no benefit in trying to revive them. This is particularly true when people have other things wrong with them.

Further Information

When CPR is attempted in hospital it is successful in 10 – 15% of cases, of these a smaller proportion will survive long enough to be discharged from hospital. In non-acute areas such as community hospitals and public places current survival is less than 5%. All of the above figures are dependent on the patients’ underlying medical conditions, and illnesses such as cancer and heart disease will reduce the chance of survival further.

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If you think you might not want CPR please discuss this with your GP, who will talk it through with you and explain the system to alert emergency health staff of your decision.

We wish to reassure you that if it is decided that CPR won't be attempted this will not affect any other aspect of your care. Your healthcare team will continue to give you the best possible care

Looking for Something Else?

We value your care and want you to have the best medical experience, and therefore provide you with the answers to your questions. However, before you contact the Practice, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page to see if your question has already been answered.

End of Life & Bereavement

Here to Help.

You may be looking to plan ahead for the future, be in a situation where you or someone you care for is nearing the end of their life, or may have suffered a recent bereavement. As a practice we are here to help. Within this page we hope to provide clarity on the options available to you. The information on the subject is paired with useful links to the services that can provide further guidance.