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Resources for professionals

If you need any advice or support during this time, please call us on 020 8768 4582.

Leaflets for healthcare professionals

St Christopher’s has produced a range of information leaflets for patients and carers. Healthcare professionals and other organisations may use this material providing St Christopher’s is credited as author. Copyright remains with St Christopher’s Hospice. For further information regarding use of leaflet material, please contact the Communications Manager on tel: 020 8768 4585 or email: communications@stchristophers.org.uk

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Guidance

Other useful documents

Advance Care Plan

Advance Care Planning is a process of discussion between an individual and their care provider. Wishes and preferences are documented in an Advance Care Plan booklet which becomes a patient held record. This has been designed to be provided in the hard copy format which you can obtain from St Christopher’s bookshop. Please do not print from the website. Thank you.

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Covid-19 Useful Links

Community Palliative, End of Life and Bereavement Care in the COVID-19 pandemic

A guide to End of Life Care symptom control when a person is dying from COVID19 care for General Practice Teams, prepared by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Association for Palliative Medicine.

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Anticipatory prescribing for symptom control

Anticipatory prescribing refers to charts and, where appropriate, medications that are left in a person’s usual place of residence for use by visiting clinicians should problems arise with uncontrolled symptoms.

  • Patients are most vulnerable to these in the last days of life and when they are no longer able to swallow
  • The common ones are pain, nausea and vomiting, distress and agitation and respiratory secretions
  • The guidance below covers these.

There has been controversy over the best practice for clinicians to adopt following the widely publicised Gosport Enquiry.

  • General, national guidance and policies are currently under development and several members of the clinical team at St Christopher’s are closely involved with this work
  • Our current guidance reflects the developing thinking, is subject to regular review and scrutiny and will be modified as further evidence emerges around the best and safest practice to adopt
  • Our 24 hour specialist advice and support is there to back up this general guidance to ensure, as far as possible, that clinical decisions are individualised and safe.

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End of Life Journal

End of Life Journal was a free, online, peer-reviewed journal that published articles on all aspects of nursing practice relating to end-of-life care.

The journal was primarily aimed at generalist nurses working in hospital, community and care home settings. Many articles will also be of interest to the palliative care nursing audience as well as members of the wider multidisciplinary team.

The journal focused on care for patients with both malignant and non-malignant disease and their family and friends.

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Library

The Halley Stewart Library at St Christopher’s Hospice comprises an extensive collection of resources, mainly books, journal articles and various types of unpublished printed material, on hospice and specialist palliative care and allied subjects. Various publications, available from the Bookshop and Library, give a full account of the history of this hospice and of its founder Dame Cicely Saunders.

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Bookshop

The Bookshop at St Christopher’s comprises a core collection of books and articles on hospice and palliative care. Publications by St Christopher’s staff are also available from the Bookshop.

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