Marie Curie has published guidance for health and social care professionals.
Marie Curie has published coronavirus guidance for health and social care workers supporting people at the end of their lives.
The charity, which provides care and support to people with terminal illnesses, is offering the guidance to professionals on the front line of the pandemic to ensure they have access to the latest information and resources.
The guidance will be regularly updated to keep pace with new clinical advice, guidance and resources from a range of organisations including professional bodies and government agencies to guide professionals through their response to coronavirus.
It includes Marie Curie’s own resources on palliative and end of life care, resources on managing coronavirus in places of care, and general information on the virus to help support professionals, carers and patients.
Meanwhile, the charity has expanded its support line service to seven days a week to offer help and advice for anyone caring for someone at the end of life.
Morven Masterton, Marie Curie’s head of information and support, said: “As the coronavirus pandemic gains momentum and levels of uncertainty are felt by some health and social care professionals, we hope our expertise will offer guidance and confidence to those people to continue their crucial work in caring and supporting their patients and residents at the end of life.
“We have also responded to an increase in demand for our support line and extended the service to be available seven days a week. Health and social care professionals can call for any clinical or practical information as well as emotional support and reflective space if they need someone to talk to.
“The work of carers has often been under-valued and how they are responding in this pandemic highlights their critical role. Without them we would be lost, and we need to give them all the help we can.”
The guidance can be found on the Marie Curie website.
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