Hospital visiting: guidance for health boards

Enabling family support for people in hospital in Scotland.

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End of life care

If a person in hospital is nearing the end of life, they should be supported to spend as much meaningful time as they wish with their loved ones in the final days, weeks and months of their life. 

It can often be difficult to identify when someone is nearing the end of life and interpretations of ‘end of life’ may differ across clinical settings. It is not appropriate to define a set time period for ‘end of life’ care in this context. Clinical teams should adopt as compassionate and broad an approach as possible.



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