A national organisation has recognised the end-of-life care provided at three community hospitals in Launceston, Helston and Stratton.

The Gold Standard Framework helps frontline staff put national end-of-life policies into practice. They help staff deliver national standards to help people to die well.

The community hospitals in Launceston, Helston and Stratton all provide gold-standard care. Run by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, each has achieved the highest standards and having maintained these for three years has enabled them to be awarded platinum status.

Keziah Lagor is the Trust’s end-of-life care facilitator. “This is a massive achievement for the three hospitals. This status shows the high-quality end-of-life care both hospitals give.”

Julie Armstrong-Wilson, Lead Nurse for the Gold Standard Framework said: “Congratulations to all organisations that have achieved accreditation and reaccreditation.

“The last two years have been an incredibly difficult time for all health and social care providers. Taking the time to complete the Gold Standard Framework accreditation is to be commended.

“Good quality end-of-life care has never been more important, especially due to the impact of the pandemic. Witnessing so many centres signing up to learn more and gain accreditation so they too can support people at the end of life is fantastic to see.”

Find out more about the Gold Standards Framework.

Staff from each hospital received their reaccreditation awards at a ceremony in London.