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Last offices neglected in over half of hospital deaths


As a nurse of only 2 years, I have read with interest all the above comments. I did not have last offices as a specific part of my training, but I did learn how to do it with dignity and respect to the patient, washing them, shaving them, talking to them, being gentle etc whilst a care assistant and a student nurse. On the elderly care ward I work on, everyone is so caring and last offices is very important to all of us. However, I have gone down the route of asking if we are allowed to ask relatives if they want a lock of hair but this was turned down which I found sad, and I read with interest including the relative in washing the patient which we do not do and I would like to put this forward to my colleagues.

Posted date

12 May, 2010

Posted time

4:43 pm