Presentation

Hospice Friendly Hospitals End of Life Symbol Western Trust NI

The Western Trust is committed to improving communication and supporting patients and families particularly when they are most vulnerable, such as when life is coming to an end. To promote these two goals the Trust has been the first in Northern Ireland to initiate the use of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals end of life symbol across its hospitals at Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry; South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen and Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex. The use of the symbol aims to promote dignity and respect for patients and their families who are nearing death or who have just died in the context of our very busy health service. The Neolithic symbol, which represents birth, life and death is displayed on a patient’s door, following discussion and agreement by the patient and or their family and signals to staff and visitors the need to proceed respectfully and thoughtfully.

View the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme from the IHF here

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