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Dying with dignity and respect

 Great work has been happening in Birmingham over the past couple of years, to help people to die with dignity and in a place of their choosing.

Our vision is that patients, and their carers, need palliative and end of life care which allows them to express their preferences and meets their needs.  Further to a Birmingham wide consultation in 2014, we now have the Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care Commissioning Strategy for Birmingham 2014-18.

Fortunately, conversations about death and dying are also becoming easier. Lots of work has been done locally encouraging people to have honest conversations with their loved ones, about their wishes and enabling everyone to have “a good death”.

During National Dying Matters Awareness Week (9-15 May 2016), local collective BrumYODO (You Only Die Once), has been out and about running events across the city such as Death Cafes, and talking candidly on the streets about this important subject.

Here Dr Sarah Mitchell, a Birmingham GP, talks about local initiatives to improve care for people who are dying.

You can also watch the BrumYODO video below:

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