Relatives of dying patients will receive comfort packs

Relatives of dying patients given a hand

Relatives who visit dying patients in east Kent hospitals will be offered basic comforts to help them through their stay.

Those who spend prolonged times with loved ones can receive special “comfort packs” to support them at the bedside.

The packs include basic toiletries such as deodorant, wipes, a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Macmillan Cancer Support, the east Kent hospitals trust and the Pilgrims Hospices are all involved with the scheme.

Jan Hyde, Macmillan end of life care facilitator, said: “The care packs are aimed at reducing anxiety for relatives and friends who have no essential items with them, but who don’t want to leave the bedside of their loved ones.

Jan Hyde and Nicky Cerullo of Macmillan

“The act of being able to give the packs to relatives and friends during this difficult time also helps staff to open up conversations.”

Support for the packs came from the Patricia Morley Fund, named after a long standing Trustee of Pilgrims Hospices, who worked tirelessly to promote excellent nursing.

It helps develop small scale end of life projects.

Sue Cook, the hospital trust’s end-of-life clinical lead, said: “Those of us who work in the NHS have a duty to ensure that our patients are cared for with dignity, respect and compassion until they die.”

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