Dying Matters - What can you do?

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Every year iDying Matters awareness week logon May, Dying Matters and coalition members host an Awareness Week to emphasise the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement. 

West Leciestershire CCG are working with regional partners including University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester Partnership NHS Trust, East Leicestershire CCG, Leicester City CCG, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Leicester Hospice Charity (LOROS) and Age UK to support Dying Matters Awareness Week.

A recent survey by Dying Matters (NatCen Survey, 2009) found that whilst 68% of people said they were comfortable talking about it death, less than a third (29%) of people have discussed their wishes around dying. Only 4% have written advance care plans. It also found that around 70% of people would prefer to die at home, yet of the 500,000 people who die each year in England, around 60% die in hospitals.

West Leicestershire CCG Chair, Dr Mayur Lakhani said:"Dying Matters week provides us with an opportunity to encourage people to discuss dying more openly with their families, friends and medical teams. If you can discuss what you would like to happen at the end of your life, before you become too ill, we can help ensure your wishes are met wherever possible. It's important that we feel we can talk about this topic openly."   

For more information visit: www.dyingmatters.org