Dying Matters Awareness Week 2022

May 5, 2022

As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week Healthwatch East Sussex invited Dr. Jane Lewington Consultant in Palliative Medicine East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust St. Michael’s Hospice, Hastings to talk to a group of our staff, volunteers and Board members about ReSPECT on Tuesday 3rd May.

Dying Matters Awareness Week from 2 – 6 May 2022 is about bringing communities across the country together to talk about death, dying and bereavement. Part of those discussions is about how ReSPECT forms in the community and hospitals enable those sensitive discussions with individuals and families to take place when planning for emergency care and treatment – see Joe’s Story here which is available on the Resuscitation Council UK website.

It is important for our volunteers as they start to reengage with services and the public to understand some of the key issues facing local people, particularly when their care and treatment options become reduced and conversations become more difficult to know what is involved and how they can be supported.

Following a short presentation on the ReSPECT process including information on how the process puts people and those important to them at the heart of the decision-making process and what’s involved; we had lots of opportunities to ask questions and discuss some of the very emotional content. We would like to extend our thanks to Dr Jane Lewington for joining us and covering such a difficult topic so compassionately and raising all our awareness levels.


Further Information

The Resuscitation Council UK have a range of ReSPECT resources such as patient guides for adults and young people, easy read leaflets, Top 10 tips for GPs and guidance for care homes.

For more information about Dying Matters Awareness Week please visit the Hospice UK website here.

If you would like any support around bereavement; Healthwatch England have produced some guidance on the organisations that can support you here.


Contact Us

For more information please contact us.

Call us on 0333 101 4007 or email enquiries@healthwatcheastsussex.co.uk

For more information on volunteering with us you can visit our website here. https://healthwatcheastsussex.co.uk/volunteer-roles/

Sign up to our mailing listKeep up-to-date with Healthwatch East Sussex and receive regular information on our activities and how you can have your say on local health and social care services

For detail on how we use your data please view our privacy policy here.