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12. and

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

possible. possible,

Where a

patient

be offered

a single

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.

decision should

to

transfer

a

be

made

in

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,

taken.

Copies

of

A

Healthcare

Staff

(NES

2006a)

should

be

available

and if so should ensure Multi-Faith Resource for in all areas.

14. some

Although it is generally accepted that patients should

will

express

a

preference

for

this.

Where

relatives

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

15.

At the time of the death, relatives or carers may be present.

Staff

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.

respect

for

of family or friends, staff should the deceased as they would if

16.

It

is

important

to

check

that

staff

are

aware

of

any

spiritual,

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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