Access to palliative care support for care home residents – why it matters…..always

It’s 2am and a doctor attends to review Elsie. Elsie’s been unwell
for over a week and, despite treatment with antibiotics, she’s not
improving. Tonight, Elsie became more distressed and is struggling with
secretions in her chest. If Elsie was in hospital a doctor would be able
to prescribe medications for nursing staff to administer immediately to
help relieve the distress and try to reduce the secretions. However,
Elsie isn’t in hospital, she is in her own home, a care home, surrounded
by staff who care about her. The Out of Hours GP in attendance can
prescribe these same medications, but the only way Elsie can receive
them is if a member of staff is available to leave the home, having
found a community pharmacist who will open their pharmacy out of hours,
and collect the prescription. If her home has nurses on-site, they can
then administer these as per the prescription, if not, a further call is
needed to access District Nurses to attend and administer relief.

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Access to palliative care support for care home residents – why it matters…..always

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