The Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland has produced guidance to support the care of patients at the end of their lives or who are significantly unwell as the result of both COVID-19 or other possibly life-limiting illnesses.

This guidance, which is been prepared for secondary care initially and is not intended to be comprehensive, has been prepared and collated locally by the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group and the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland. 

This is a ‘live’ document that will be updated, expanded and adapted as further contributions are received and in line with changing national guidance.

The most current version of the guidance document will be available on the Association for Palliative Medicine website Home Page at all times. It is advised that you always check that you are referring to the most current version.

It also advises against sharing the guidance on social media, as it contains some information that may be distressing to the public if not presented in a sensitive way with appropriate opportunity for discussion and explanation.

The Association said: "As far as is possible in such a short period of time, the information contained within this document has been checked by experts from across the palliative care profession. However, neither the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group nor the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland can accept any responsibility for errors or omissions in this document."