They told me not to go:  Flat Holm Island, Wales

by Prof. Mark Taubert, Palliative Care Consultant, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom    Twitter: @ProfMarkTaubert A trip to a remote island with a derelict cholera hospital, to record a National Heritage Lottery funded audio podcast about pandemics, palliative care and isolation, inadvertently turns into an adventure.   Flat Holm, or ‘Ynys Echni’, its Welsh name, […]

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Poem: My bubble

By Dr Joseph Hawkins, Consultant in Palliative medicine and end of life clinical lead, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital. Twitter: @JoeHawk75825077   My bubble   Living in a bubble isn’t so bad The view may be different looking out but then, Who says that what you see is Really me? I only have your word […]

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A simple recipe for a beautiful dish- Training, Motivation and Expertise in palliative care in cancer:

By Denise Vacca1, Giampiero Porzio2, Raffaele Giusti3. 1U.O. Terapia del Dolore e Cure Palliative ASL Sulcis – Carbonia, Italy. 2Associazione Tumori Toscana, Home Care Service, Tuscany, Italy. 3Medical Oncology Unit, Sant’Andrea Hospital of Rome, Rome, Italy. Twitter account: @oncoblogger   Giampiero Porzio M.D. while eating a perfect Italian meal: Birra & Panino!   In Italy, […]

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Do specialist palliative care teams really have better crystal balls?

Dr Natasha Wiggins, Consultant in palliative medicine and clinical lead for end of life at the Great Western Hospital NHS Trust @Dr_N_Wiggins Dr Ellen Haire, Wales Clinical Academic Track Fellow in Palliative Medicine, University of Cardiff @drellenhaire Picture: Ellen Haire (left) and Natasha Wiggins in a virtual meeting   Google ‘crystal ball palliative care’ and […]

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Excuse my ethnicity: Research in a world where whiteness is the “norm”

Dr Yinting Ta, Palliative Medicine Registrar at St Joseph’s Hospice, London and APM Research & Ethics Committee Trainee Representative   Surprise! No one likes bad surprises, but I’m afraid I have one here. Yen et al.’s recent paper on the improved prognostic accuracy of the combined use of the ‘surprise question’ and palliative care screening […]

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Crossing the sea for preferred place of death

By Dr Ben Anderson, IMT2, Respiratory Department, Royal Bolton Hospital (Ben.anderson@doctors.org.uk) Co- Authors: Dr Rebecca Lennon, Palliative Care Department, Royal Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Rizwan Ahmed, Respiratory Department, Royal Bolton NHS Foundation Trust   England and Northern Ireland (NI) are part of the United Kingdom. However, due to devolution, healthcare is organised separately […]

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“A virtual friend”: Does artificial intelligence provide a solution to loneliness?

By Dr Matthew Doré, Palliative Care Consultant in NI Hospice and Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, Chair of the PCC   There are many differences between ‘real life’ and the virtual, or digital life (social media / internet personae / virtual projections). For me, one of the foremost is that our endearments and faults reside in […]

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