A nursing service has been launched to fast-track patients in the last few weeks of life from acute hospitals and hospices to their homes.
The service from Marie Curie Cancer Care, in partnership with NHS Lothian and St Columba’s Hospice, is aimed at raising the number of patients able to fulfil their preference to die at home, as well as lowering the numbers dying in acute care in the Lothians.
In addition, the Lothian Fast Track Palliative Care Discharge Service will provide an extra 8,500 hours of care per year across the region.
“Fast-track” patients will be looked after by Marie Curie Nursing Service care assistants, trained in palliative care and social care provision. Marie Curie will closely monitor this service model, the first of its type in the UK, with a view to implementing it in other regions.
The Marie Curie Hospice in Edinburgh is leading the service and managing it with NHS Lothian healthcare staff, Lothian Council services, and St. Columba’s Hospice. The hospice provides education for nursing staff concerned.