More choice for end-of-life care in Portsmouth

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RESIDENTS have signed up to an electronic tool to choose where they would like to die.

The Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said around 1,000 people are on the Co-ordinating Future Care Register (CFCR).

In Portsmouth, more end-of-life patients are choosing to die at home, in a care home or hospice.

Dr Jon Price, a GP at the Osborne Practice, in Southsea, is the lead for end-of-life.

He said: ‘Most people say when the time comes, they would like to die in familiar surroundings, either home or their care home. Nationally slightly more than 50 per cent of people die in hospital – which is not what people want.

‘The CCG strategy is to try improve care and a part of this is to help people to be in a preferred place when they die.’

‘We want to do this for not only those who die of cancer but also those with dementia, organ failure and old age. More use of the CFCR will help us ensure people get the care they want, where they want it.’

The CCG was in the top 20 per cent nationally of having lower hospital deaths.