Mountbatten-trained volunteers will support patients coming to end of life in hospital

The ‘end of life care companions’ have been carefully selected and given comprehensive training by experts in end of life care at Mountbatten

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The Isle of Wight NHS Trust share this latest news. Ed

Families facing death and bereavement at St Mary’s Hospital now have access to specially trained volunteers from Mountbatten, who can offer dedicated time to support people during this challenging time.

The ‘end of life care companions’ have been carefully selected and given comprehensive training by experts in end of life care at Mountbatten, who are working with the Isle of Wight NHS Trust to improve support to people in hospital who are dying, as well as to their loved ones.

Arnold: Offering comfort, reassurance and a listening ear
Liz Arnold, Director of Nursing at Mountbatten, said:

“It is recognised that ensuring one-to-one, dedicated support for patients who die in hospital can be challenging in such a busy environment. By training our volunteers in areas including communication skills and bereavement support, we hope to be able to offer comfort, reassurance and a listening ear to both patients and their families.

“Through our volunteers, we are also able to explain more about our specialist bereavement service which is open to anyone, wherever a death may have occurred.”

Moody: Another source of support
Shane Moody, the trust’s Clinical Director for End of Life Care and Consultant Nurse for Critical Care and End of Life Care said

“Thanks to working in partnership with Mountbatten, we are able to provide this new service within the acute hospital giving us another source of support for those at end of life and their families.  

“If the scheme proves successful then we aim to recruit more End of Life Care Companions.”

How to receive support
Families or patients who feel they would like a companion to support them during their stay at St Mary’s Hospital should speak to a member of staff on the ward, who will then contact the Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care Team (available from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday).

Tuesday, 13th August, 2019 9:04am



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Will this service apply to staff? When I worked at St Mary’s and suffered family bereavements my manager was appallingly unkind and sent me to HR because I was having ‘too much’ sick leave because it was so weird going to my work place site to see dying relatives or collect death certificates etc. HR too were completely lacking in sympathy. I was told that I couldn’t… Read more »
Steve Goodman

One important end of life care choice is still being prevented by Parliament, despite polling showing that the will of the people is overwhelmingly in favour (nearly 90% now) of extending the option of ending suffering to those unable to travel to Switzerland.