Open Lecture (Online): Neuro-Palliative Care at the RHN

26 May 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



This lunchtime lecture will explore neuro-palliative care and will be delivered by Dr Andrew Hanrahan, Consultant Physician in Neuro-rehabilitation and Clinical Lead in End of Life Care at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the Hospice movement for the terminally ill, developed a philosophy of care as opposed to just a place of treatment. Terminal malignancy is still the most common condition affecting persons who die in Hospices in the UK.

Yet, with improving prevention and treatments extending longevity, the emphasis on good symptom control and ‘living until you are ready to die’, many organ failures could well benefit from this model of care. The nervous system and brain in particular is no exception.

Palliative care, derived from the Latin palliare – ‘to wrap in comfort’ seeks to apply this philosophy alongside emerging science on the diagnosis and prognosis of progressive or permanent neurological disorders. This occurs in the context of the emphasis on personal autonomy and self-determination, evolving case law and statute, and how society as a whole values life, and responds to dying and death.

This lecture will seek to explore many of these issues and fervently hopes to leave everyone with more questions than answers.

This event is free to attend but you need to register here in order to be sent the access information.

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