The Yorkshire Cancer Network Newsletter 12 August Issue 1 gives a link to the updated version of A Guide to Symptom Management in Palliative Care which is now available on the YCN website. It ‘covers the management of some of the commonest symptoms incancer and other advanced progressive disease including pain, nausea and vomiting, dyspnoea and constipation.It gives guidance on principles of syringe driver use and managing patients in the last days of life’. http://www.ycn.nhs.uk/html/publications/guidelines_endoflife.php
For those interested in quality of life standards for end of life care for adults, there’s a link to a Bereavement Care Service Specification which has been developed for Yorkshire and Humber area to support the commissioning of effective bereavement support services.
There’s also ‘Palliative and End of Life Information for Patients and Carers’ (and much more). A recommended list of information resources for patients and carers has been developed by the Palliative Care Nurse’s Group with input from patients and carers. The list includes generic resources, applicable to anyone regardless of underlying diagnosis plus a small number of condition-specific resources e.g. for people with cancer, dementia, MND.