Where death is expected, the patient’s wishes should be paramount they should be allowed to choose where they wish to die if this is
is dying in hospital, the patient should, if room with natural light away from the busy
ward to give both family and patient peace. Any patient who is dying to another area of care conjunction with the patient and / or the relatives.
13. In preparation for an impending death, staff should take care to check whether there are spiritual, religious or cultural requirements which need
to be met either before or that appropriate steps are
following the death,
and if so should ensure Multi-Faith Resource for in all areas.
Although it is generally accepted that patients should
not die alone, or carers are
present during the final stages, staff should offer support in a non- intrusive way, but should recognise that relatives in this situation may feel lonely and uncertain and should be able to spend time with the relatives if
appropriate. Where relatives and carers are not present, patient has indicated a wish to die alone, staff should try the patient.
and unless the to remain with
At the time of death
At the time of the death, relatives or carers may be present.
should offer support for those present with the patient, but also respect
requests for privacy.
In the absence
offer the same time and relatives were present.
of family or friends, staff should the deceased as they would if
religious or cultural requirements relating to the time of death or to the
care of the deceased. (See section 13 above)
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