Hospital to Provide Soothing Care to Terminally ill Patients
A trial program is initiated by the Longgang District Central Hospital which offers soothing care to patients that are stricken with terminal diseases and is service have been received well by patients. Soothing care is almost similar to the practice of deathbed solicitude that try to ease the pain and other discomfort of patients and hopefully make them peaceful and dignified during the last period of their lives.
Most patients that prefer soothing care are those suffering from terminal cases of cancer. Around 14,000 people in Shenzhen are diagnosed with malignant cancer for the first time, a 17 percent increase in 2012. Based on a survey of the center for chronic disease control the five most common type of cancer in the city are lung cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, thyroid cancer and liver cancer. Eighty percent of these patients are in their terminal stage of cancer and most of them have missed the opportunity of getting treatment. Many of these patients are left spending their last days at home, but most often don’t receive proper treatment or medical care which places great burden to their families.
Soothing care is a form of treatment that should not be only used with terminally ill patients but with regular medical treatment as well. Aside from a few private medical institutions, a hospice funded by Li Ka Shing Foundation is the only public facility that provides solicitude services in Shenzhen. Longgang hospital is planning to expand their soothing care facilities by opening a ward that will be used solely for patients that in need of the services.