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Views sought on end-of-life care

By Lorna Thompson

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PEOPLE'S views are being sought on how to deliver the best possible palliative and end-of-life care in Moray.

Health and Social Care Moray (HSCM) plans to hold discussion events during its consultation on palliative care.

Moray Integrated Joint Board has worked with NHS Grampian and neighbouring boards in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire to develop a draft strategic framework.

This framework aims to respond to all individuals, carers and families who have palliative and end-of-life care needs – whether they be physical, psychological, emotional, cultural or spiritual – and regardless of diagnosis, age or where they live.

The discussions are open to all and will focus on obtaining public feedback on the proposed vision, principles and priorities.

Health and Social Care Moray will hold discussion events on palliative and end-of-life care.
Health and Social Care Moray will hold discussion events on palliative and end-of-life care.

Louise Ballantyne, patient services manager at NHS Grampian, said: "We want to hear from people whose relatives or friends received palliative and end-of-life care.

"What worked particularly well? What could we improve?

"All this information will go towards ensuring the best possible end-of-life care is given to our patients and their loved ones."

The discussions will be held at the Inkwell, Elgin Youth Cafe, in Francis Place, Elgin. The first will take place on Monday, August 26, from 2-4pm, and the second will run on Thursday, September 5, from 7-9pm.

The framework is available on the NHS Grampian website or at http://bit.ly/PEoLCConsult along with the link to a response questionnaire.

The consultation will close on September 23. For further information, visit nhsg.involve@nhs.net or phone 01224 558098.

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