10 Golden rules of palliative care on how to manage a dying person – you’ll never guess number 4!

By Dr Joseph Hawkins, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Clinical lead for End of Life Care, Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust. Twitter: @JoeHawk75825077   If you prescribe midazolam 5 mg routinely for terminal agitation then you are wrong. Do say – try to use a dose that works first time. Don’t say – but […]

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The ink is dry

By Dr Joseph Hawkins, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Clinical lead for End of Life Care, Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust. Twitter: @JoeHawk75825077 Stop writing cries the invigilator Your time is done. Too much, never enough, Time once so immutable a concept Solid as air Softly blowing a breeze when A hurricane hits Moments […]

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I have rather unusual feelings about death. I find it beautiful.

I didn’t think it strange, growing up around such a perspective. My mother insisted, when I was preschool age, she would want to die if she were severely disabled. We were at the shopping mall, looking for shoes. She said it as breezily as if asking, “Would you like an ice cream?” True to form, […]

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Prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDoC): Challenges for hospice staff

Authors: Prof Nikki Pease, Consultant Palliative Medicine, Velindre NHS Trust Dr Siwan Seaman, Medical Director and Consultant, Marie Curie Hospice Cardiff and the Vale Clare Elwell. Clare’s husband was in a Prolonged Disorder of Consciousness and received end-of-life care following a best interests decision to discontinue CANH Prof Jenny Kitzinger, Professor of Communications Research, Coma & […]

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Stories Worth Telling, Stories Worth Hearing. The Pursuit of Life: The Promise and Challenge of Palliative Care (Penn State Press, 2023)

After moving from Seattle to Dallas in 2015 to teach at Southern Methodist University, I decided to do something, well, important with some leftover funds. With a history of searing headaches, I wanted to introduce ancient authors who wrote in unvarnished ways about pain to modern medical practitioners who labor to palliate pain. People told […]

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A national day highlighting the importance of Advance & Future Care Planning

Author:  James Norris, founder of MyWishes Mount Vernon Hospital, Gate 3, Michael Sobell Hospice, Palliative Care Department, Northwood On the 8th May the first national Advance Care Planning day will take place in the United Kingdom. This day of action and awareness will highlight the importance of Advance Care Planning and encourage society to document, […]

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Preparing for the apocalypse

By Dr Joseph Hawkins, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Clinical lead for End of Life Care, Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust. Twitter: @JoeHawk75825077 People are our sunrise and sunset and everything in between. Even if you’re not a morning person. It has always been a peculiar and wonderful quirk that when reading of famous […]

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The palliative times special investigation in to predatory conferences

By Dr Joseph Hawkins, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Clinical lead for End of Life Care, Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust. Twitter: @JoeHawk75825077 In this special edition we are proud to present the groundbreaking findings of our roving reporter Simon De’ath.  Over recent years there has been a rise in the prevalence of predatory […]

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