Media Release

Dying Matters at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn will be working alongside the national awareness campaign Dying Matters Week from 9 – 15 May 2016.

The week is an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly in people minds – with a special event taking place on 10 May at The Trust.

The event will welcome people to come and share their future plans, “Before I die I want to…”, no matter how their health is. People will be encouraged to write down their thoughts and add it to a collaborative display. There will also be staff on hand, including representatives from Macmillan Information and Support Service who will be able to give advice and ask any questions visitors may have.

The Trust is encouraging people to talk about what they would want at the end of their life, so that family, friends and the patient themselves can be confident in decisions that need to be made when the time comes.

The event will be held:

When: Tuesday 10 May 2016
Where: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Main Reception
Gayton Road
King’s Lynn
PE30 4ET
Time: 9am to 5pm

Heike Schaefer, End of Life Care Facilitator at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital said: “We really hope that Dying Matters Weeks gets people to talk and think about their mortality, whether they are on an end of life pathway or not. We will be asking people to think about the things they would love to do before they die – regardless of their age and health. Death needs to be talked about with loved ones or friends, so people can be confident in the decisions they make when the time does come. I am sure we will have lots of really positive conversations, and I cannot wait to hear what people have on their bucket list!”

Dr Beverly Watson, Medical Director at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital went on to say: “Making sure we offer the best care possible to our patients and their loved ones is incredibly important to me, and my colleagues at The Trust. We are passionate that everyone receives the appropriate care, whenever they need it. We aim to make sure people always feel that their needs are considered, and they have our full support. Please join us to support Dying Matters week, any feedback we receive will be considered for our care plans in the future.”

The Trust will be supporting the rest of the week with a social media campaign. To find out more about the national Awareness Week for Dying Matters, visit

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