Funds Raised So Far
Over the past year, Colchester General Hospital has been working hard to improve end of life care for our patients. We now have an End of Life Strategy, an increased education plan for staff including communication skills workshops being delivered by St Helena Hospice, and greater understanding with wider engagement from our staff on the importance of good end of life care.
We are passionate about how we can improve the patient and family experience at the hospital and that dying in hospital can be a good experience. As part of our end of life improvements, a small group of staff visited Frimley Park hospital and saw their garden where dying patients could spend time.
We have set up a working group to see how we can develop an outside area of the hospital to provide a place for quiet contemplation, peaceful reflection and privacy for patients who are dying, and their relatives.
To provide an alternative space to the busy clinical ward areas will cost £160,000. We have launched an appeal to raise this sum and with our colleagues we are holding events and getting sponsored to raise funds for this build.