St Andrew’s Hospice provides a full range of palliative care services for patients attending the hospice including the appropriate use of blood transfusions, antibiotics and numerous other treatments that have a proven role in symptom management.
At St Andrew’s Hospice, we also have facilities to provide ‘Basic Life Support’, including a defibrillator, should an incident occur which may require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). However, St Andrew’s Hospice does not have the facilities to provide ‘Advanced Life Support’.
In the event of an incident which requires a person to be resuscitated, Basic Life Support will be given and a ‘999’ ambulance will be called. Any patient who would wish advanced resuscitation and care, should that need arise, should consider whether the hospice is the best place to provide their care.
St Andrew’s Hospice will provide basic CPR as described in the “Adult Basic Life Support” algorithm of the Resuscitation Council (UK) to any such person who sustains a witnessed cardiac arrest in the hospice, until such time as an ambulance arrives to take the patient to the nearest casualty department.