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Using neighbourhood networks to enable people to die at home

A pioneering initiative in south west England sees family and friends sharing end of life care with community nurses

A pioneering initiative in south west England sees family and friends sharing end of life care with community nurses

When Gail Wilson found her neighbour alone in his caravan trying to stem bleeding from a tumour with kitchen towels and a rubber band, she knew she had to do something.

The man lived alone, had terminal cancer and was clearly unable to cope. But he refused to get involved with healthcare services because he was terrified he’d be forced to move to a care home.

‘He loved living in his van, in the fields, with the deer and badgers and all the other wildlife, and with his cat,’ says Ms Wilson, deputy director of clinical services and head of education and development at St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth.

Managing pain

‘I said that if he let

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