The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

The Royal Marsden’s Palliative Care –Hospital2Home

Most terminally ill patients wish to receive end of life care at home or in a hospice rather than in a hospital. We will provide patients with the widest possibility of choice by funding the continuation of our Hospital2Home project, which improves facilities & local support networks to enable this.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 January 2011 to 12:00 PM, 1 January 2014

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1095197)

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  • We will provide better facilities and choices for patients towards the end of their lives to help them fulfil their wish to be cared for at home.

    — Dr Julia Riley, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at The Royal Marsden Hospital

  • We will provide better facilities and choices for patients towards the end of their lives to help them fulfil their wish to be cared for at home.

    — Dr Julia Riley, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at The Royal Marsden Hospital

Situation

The Department of Health’s End of Life Care Strategy research shows that most terminally ill cancer patients would prefer to die at home, yet due to a lack of confidence in or understanding of local support networks & services available, nationally only 18% are actually able to achieve this. The emphasis must, therefore, be on end of life care planning that empowers generalists & community staff to provide high quality home care right up until the final stages of life.

Solution

The Royal Marsden has piloted a unique ‘Hospital2Home’ (H2H) service to provide choice & co-coordinated care for patients leaving hospital to die at home. H2H seeks to strengthen the links between our two hospitals & patients’ homes by strengthening the coordination of local services to assist people to receive end of life home care. The service was developed & is led by our palliative care lead consultant, Dr Julia Riley, in line with Professor Lord Ara Darzi's end of life care work stream.