Druglink article 2013 – Dignity in death by Chrissie Dawson

Could the Six Steps of the national End of Life Care Pathway be applied to support people who are homeless and use substances?

In Southampton, the rise in frequency of hospital attendance at A&E among people who were homeless and using substances, particularly alcohol, prompted commissioners of local alcohol services to explore ways of managing the already overstretched A&E department and providing better care for the individuals. Working with the hospital’s alcohol nurse and homeless healthcare teams, conversations about the inequities of the End of Life (EOL) Care Pathway for Southampton’s chronic substance users and homeless
population began.

Dignity in death (PDF)