Where a death is anticipated, health and care providers across Scotland in all care settings are committed to the provision of consistently high quality end of life care for all.


This reflects the four principles set out in the Scottish Government 2014 guidance, 'Caring for people in the last days and hours of life'.

  1. Principle 1: Informative, timely and sensitive communication is an essential component of each individual person’s care

  2. Principle 2: Significant decisions about a person’s care, including diagnosing dying, are made on the basis of multi-disciplinary discussion

  3. Principle 3: Each individual person’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs are recognised and addressed as far as is possible

  4. Principle 4: Consideration is given to the wellbeing of relatives or carers attending to the person.

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