Have your say on future health care

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Pendle people are being invited to help health commissioners develop a patient-friendly Advance Care Planning booklet.

Advance care planning is about doing what you can do to ensure that any future health care treatment you may receive is consistent with your wishes and preferences should you be unable to make your own decisions or speak for yourself.

Dr Mike Ions, Chief Clinical Officer at NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Advance care planning can help avoid a patient suffering unnecessarily and improve their quality of life. An advance care plan can be used at any stage of life and can be updated as and when circumstances change. They can be developed at any time, whether you are ill or well.”

An informal focus group will meet at the trust’s offices at Walshaw House, Regent Street, Nelson from 1pm to 3pm on Tuesday.