Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group calls on community to talk about dying

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It happens to us all – but it’s probably about the last think or talk about.

Yet the newly formed Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioing Group is urging us all to talk about dying – or more accurately to plan for our future care.

The CCG has launched a webpage – www.miltonkeynesccg.nhs.uk/end-of-life-care – to provide more information about end of life care.

Its launch is the result of the recent Dying Matters Awareness Week, organised by the Dying Matters Coalition to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement.

The Milton Keynes end of life care strategy can also be downloaded from the website.

Lisa Barnes, end of life care lead for MKCCG said: “The overall aim of this strategy is to raise the profile and importance of choices in death and dying across all care settings and disease groups, by opening up discussions which consider care settings, treatment, communication and support for those bereaved.

“The strategy outlines the proposed improvement of end of life care for all patients through the integration of services, working towards standards of good practice over the next four years.”

The theme of the Dying Matters Awareness Week 2013, ‘Be ready for it’, is an action-focused call to members of the public urging them to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and for their loved ones.

The five steps are:

- Make a will

- Record your funeral wishes

- Plan your future care and support

- Register as an organ donor

- Tell your loved ones your wishes

MKCCG is one of 30,000 members of the national Dying Matters Coalition, all of which have an interest in supporting the changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement.