Interim guidance: Caring for people in the last days and hours of life

Source: NHS Scotland

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Date of publication: December 2013

Publication type: Guidelines

In a nutshell: It has been announced that the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) will be phased out in Scotland over the next year. The Scottish Government has accepted the recommendations from the Living and Dying Well National Advisory Group. This follows the Neuberger review of the LCP in England, which found the framework has not always been used appropriately. Interim guidance on caring for people in the last days and hours of life has also been issued to all Scottish health boards, which will be followed until a new set of guidelines on best practice is available in 2014.The guidance places a strong emphasis on good, consistent communications by medical professionals with families and loved ones of patients.

Length of publication: 12 pages

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