NHS Scotland’s steadily improving home care strategy for last days



Many patients want to spend their last days at home with their families and friends. Scottish Government strategies are increasingly making that possible. From ISD today:

  • In 2018/19, there were 53,168 deaths in Scotland excluding those where an external cause such as unintentional injury was recorded. For these individuals, 89.2% of their last six months of life was spent either at home or in a community setting, with the remaining 10.8% spent in hospital. This is equivalent to an average of 20 days in hospital in the six months prior to death.
  • Over the past nine years, the percentage of time spent at home or in a community setting has gradually increased from 85.3% in 2010/11 to 89.2% in 2018/19.




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