Dying Matters Week takes place from 14 to 20 May 2018.
There are a number of ways people can get involved in Dying Matters Week, including joining one of our public events:
- Monday 14 May: Launch event, featuring the Epsom and St Helier Hospital choir, 1pm, St Helier main reception. Come listen and join in
- Tuesday 15 May: Drop in event, 2-4pm, MacMillan Butterfly Centre, Epsom Hospital. A chance to chat or ask questions to health and social care professionals
- Wednesday 16 May: ‘I Did It My Way Café’, 2-4pm, Pink Room, St Helier Hospital.
These events will be taking place across the Surrey Downs and Sutton areas, to provide people with a place to talk and learn how the NHS, hospices and other local services are working hard to provide more support to those nearing the end of their lives, as well as their families and carers. Anyone is welcome to come along, speak to professionals and get any help needed in a relaxed atmosphere.
As well as getting people talking, this year the focus is on what people can do to help in the community – so even if you are not nearing the end of your life but would like to help others, there are a number of opportunities to do so. NHS Surrey Downs CCG, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and partner organisations want to ensure that all individuals entering into their end of life have the power and ability to die at their place of choice, in control of their options, and with the right amount of support for them and their loved ones.
By holding events throughout the week that get people talking about death we are able to provide advice and tools on what to do when the moment comes.
You could also:
- Visit the main receptions at Epsom or St Helier hospitals during the week for information of events and available support
- Use personal experiences of end of life to contact us and provide feedback on our end of life strategy
- Offer practical support to those who may be struggling with end of life, such as helping with shopping or dog walking
- Volunteer at a local hospice or charity. You can find out more about Epsom and St Helier support groups and charities here: www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/our-charities-and-support-groups.