Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Dad passed away 29/11/2010
My husband and I were called late Saturday night by Leeds General Infirmary. A doctor said that they needed to discuss options for dad because he had deteriorated significantly during the day. When we arrived we were told that dad was dying and this was irreversible. The doctor suggested that dad was placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway. This is where all palliative care is removed and no blood tests or observations are done. All the patient receives is very strong opiates to control any pain, and mouth care. This care programme is scheduled to last for four days. My dad passed away yesterday, day 2 of the care programme. We went to Leeds today to try and get the death certificate but we couldn't because there has been a huge death toll with the cold weather. We are going back tomorrow. We have instructed undertakers to make preliminary arrangements for the funeral but a date has yet to be set.