End of life time spent in preferred home or community setting still increasing despite fast growing demand



There were 57 883 deaths registered in 2017, 1,155 (2%) more than in 2016. Despite this increase in demand, NHS Scotland and community care services still managed to increase the number of days spent in the home or community setting, preferred by most patients and families.

For those who died in 2017/18, 87.9% of their last six months, up from 85.35% in 2010/11, was spent either at home or in a community setting, giving easier access for family members.



So, despite a massive 43% overall increase in demand, since 2013 and a 2% increase specifically in demand for end of life home and community care, placed upon NHS Scotland, there was still a 2.6% improvement in the service.

I await sight of praise from the Loyalist parties.






3 thoughts on “End of life time spent in preferred home or community setting still increasing despite fast growing demand

  1. Ludo Thierry October 12, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Also – from news.gov.scot today:

    High level of satisfaction with hospital environment.


    Satisfaction with the hospital environment has risen since 2011 and now stands at 92%, according to the latest annual appraisal of NHS assets and facilities.

    The proportion of NHS buildings classified as being in a good condition has improved from 58% in 2014 to 72% in 2017. There has also been a further reduction in backlog maintenance, which per square metre, has fallen by around 25% since 2011.

    NHS boards have £3.34 billion of improvements to buildings and facilities planned over the next five years and beyond.

    Oh those baaaaad esssennnpeees – Just Can’t Stop Themselves Doing That Day Job – can they?

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      • Legerwood October 13, 2018 / 9:56 am

        It does indeed given The Heral’s report on this same topic in today’s paper (Saturday). They make it sound as if buildings are falling down all over the place. One example they mentioned was NHS Orkney where 25% of buildings were in a poor state. Of course what the Herald failed to mention was that NHS Orkney has a new £64 million hospital under construction and due to open next summer. They also failed to mention that the new hospital had been shortlisted for an international award and won silver.

        This from BHS Orkney:
        “”New Hospital & Healthcare Facility Recognised at Global Event

        NHS Orkney’s new healthcare facility has been hailed as among the world’s best at a leading award ceremony.​

        The Balfour, as the facility will be known when it opens in 2019, has won silver in the best healthcare project category at the Partnership Awards in London.​

        There were six finalists from all over the world with the Orkney facility pipped to the post by the Gaziantep IHC PPP Project, Turkey.​

        Robertson is working with NHS Orkney to deliver a £64m investment in island-based healthcare services located in Kirkwall, serving the residents of the Orkney Islands.​

        Gerry O’Brien, Interim Chief Executive NHS Orkney, said: “For our new healthcare project to receive recognition on such an international scale and having six finalists in the category is a brilliant achievement for all involved in the project and for the people of Orkney.”

        Neil McCormick, managing director, Robertson Capital Projects, said: “The Balfour will transform healthcare for residents of Orkney and this award serves as clear recognition of the planning that has gone into ensuring the facility is truly best in class.”

        Now in its 20th year, the Partnerships Awards is the largest event rewarding the best in public private partnerships (PPP).​ This long-running annual event welcomes over 700 people to celebrate the industry’s achievements over the past year.​

        The Awards are open to entries for organisations and projects across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.​ All the Partnerships Awards winners from the eight categories were announced at a gala dinner in London on 10 May 2018.””



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