End of life care is support for people who are approaching death. It helps them to live as well as possible until they die, and to die with dignity. It also includes support for their family or carers.
NHS Choices provides a wealth of information about hospices, palliative care, lasting power of attorney, bereavement and life afterwards.
Bedfordshire Partnership for Excellence in Palliative Support (PEPS) Coordination Centre
Launched in December 2011, the Bedfordshire Partnership for Excellence in Palliative Support (PEPS) Coordination Centre is a first point of contact for patients, families, carers and health and social care professionals requiring 24-hour advice, care and support for palliative care.
Qualified nurses - experienced and skilled in palliative care - screen calls to identify the most appropriate health or care professionals to respond to the callers’ needs.
The coordination centre, which is hosted by Sue Ryder-St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger, can access up-to-date information about the patient’s condition (following their consent), enabling care to be provided in line with the patient’s preferences and choices.
People wanting to use Bedfordshire PEPS will need to be registered with a Bedfordshire GP. An initial referral to the scheme will be made by the patient’s GP or another health or social care professional. Once set up on the scheme, the patient and their family or carer will be advised how to access and use the PEPS Coordination Centre.