End of life care: NHS Lothian appoints new adviser

 NHS Lothian has moved to better support terminally-ill children, young people and their families through the appointment of an expert nurse consultant in end-of-life care.

Jayne Scotland, a nurse consultant in palliative care, is based at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. NHS Lothian is committed to improving care for people where active medical treatment is no longer recommended.

Scotland said:

“I am delighted to be working in NHS Lothian and doing what I can for patients and their families at very emotional and difficult times for them.
“Palliative care is not just about care in the last months, days and hours of a child’s life but ensuring a continuing active and holistic approach to the physical, emotional, social and spiritual care needs of each individual child and family from diagnosis onwards. She added: “The aim is to ensure that the patient is able to achieve the best quality of life and a dignified death preferably in a place of the child and family’s choosing.”
NHS Lothian is strongly involved in a palliative care network, which involves hospices across the region.
Scotland’s new role will involve working with NHS Lothian staff and voluntary organisation partners in the network.
The Royal Hospital for Sick Children has a bereavement and family support service for children and their families.