Ambulance trust’s policies on recording end-of-life wishes – findings from a freedom of information request (2014)

Ambulance services play a crucial role in ensuring that people nearing the end of life can have their treatment wishes respected – either attending to patients in an emergency or transporting them between care settings.

Prompted by callers to the Information Line – who voiced concerns that paramedics might not have access to their Advance Decision – we contacted all Ambulance Trusts in England and Wales to find out what systems they have in place to record patients’ medical treatment preferences in the event that they lose capacity and whether patient preferences are adhered to.

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