Published 23rd April 2018
In 2016/17 there were 3,738 referrals to the Hospice for 1,321 people living in the borough of Bexley. Over 50.57% of these people were over the age of 80, with 73.58% of them being over the age of 70. 41% of people referred had a non-cancer diagnosis, with 59% having a primary diagnosis of cancer and the number of people referred with a primary diagnosis of dementia represented 14.53% of all people referred. This should be viewed in the context of increasing numbers of people in the community requiring palliative care and people being referred with increasingly complex clinical needs. It is predicted that there will be a 25% increase in the annual number of deaths in England and Wales by 2040.
Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice provide a range of services to Bexley residents: care in the Hospice, either at the Hospice’s Inpatient Unit or at outpatient clinics; care at home, in the form of Clinical Nurse Specialists providing support to people with palliative care needs; and at hospital, with many residents accessing care from the Hospice’s hospital Specialist Palliative Care team based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich.
For more info please visit CommunityHospice.org.uk