Doctors helping more patients face their last days of life in comfort

Dr Adam Janjua
Dr Adam Janjua
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Fylde coast medics are claiming an unusual success – in making people’s dying wish come true.

New figures show the number of Fylde and Wyre residents dying in their preferred place is slightly higher than the national average.

Public Health England’s What We Know Now 2014 report found the preferred place of death for people in England is at home, followed by hospices and care homes.

And here on the Fylde coast health professionals can claim a notable success in this area.

Back in 2010, the number of Fylde and Wyre residents dying in their preferred place was 40.6 per cent, slightly higher than the England average of 40.3 per cent.

Since then a significant amount of work has gone into improving that figure.

As of 2015, the number of Fylde and Wyre residents who die in their preferred place of death has increased to 47.6 per cent, which is 2.5 per cent higher than the England average.

The improvement is down to the increased use of end-of-life care plans which ensure that all healthcare professionals know the preferred place of death for individual patients.

Fleetwood GP and Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) end of life clinical lead Dr Adam Janjua (pictured) said: “It is a fundamental right for patients to be allowed to die in a place of their choosing.

“This can only be facilitated by honest, open dialogue between healthcare professionals and the patient, and their family.

“Everyone deserves to die a good death, free from pain, anxiety and distress.

“This increase is very encouraging and hopefully by working together we will be able to provide this to every patient in the future.”

NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG serves a population of 152,000 people across mainly living in Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton, Kirkham, Lytham and St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.