On Monday 10th December Plane Tree Court received their Six Steps (End of Life Care) Award.
They have made quite remarkable progress in the last two years, both from the perspective of individualised, person centred end of life care but also in relation to a reduction in the number of admissions and days spent in hospital in the last year of life.
Between January and November 2018 Plane Tree have had 20 deaths. Of these:
80% were cared for in the care home in their documented preferred place of care
Of the four residents who were recorded as dying in hospital 3 were unexpected and were therefore appropriate admissions
A fourth resident was known to be approaching the very last weeks of life but unexpectedly dipped and a GP and paramedics decided to admit the resident to hospital. The resident died in an ambulance in the car park at Plane Tree.
These outcomes are impressive and although Plane Tree have done the bulk of the work, they will say that they have been well supported by the practice, largely by Dr Taylor but also others in her absence.