Helping people to stay at home

GP Dr Pauline Love with one of the new just in case boxes
GP Dr Pauline Love with one of the new just in case boxes

High Peak patients who are nearing the end of their lives will now benefit from improved medical care at home thanks to an initiative introduced by NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The just-in-case box introduced in the High Peak and North Derbyshire contains medications for symptom relief that are commonly required at the end of a patient’s life.

The boxes are placed in the patient’s home, where doctors and nurses can administer the appropriate drugs quickly to relieve a patient’s symptoms.

Dr Pauline Love, Macmillan and End of Life GP, said: “This is an important initiative that will help patients to remain and be cared for at home as long as possible and prevent admission to a hospital or hospice.

“Many people nearing the end of life have a strong desire to remain in their own home for as long as possible. “So, ensuring timely access to medicines can prevent unnecessary crises, such as an emergency admission to hospital, and distress for patients and their carers.”