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@NHS / Ollie's story

What an up beat and informative week with Ollie, a Macmillan palliative medicine consultant working as part of an advisory team at @StGeorgesTrust. It is important to talk about death and dying.
@NHS / Kay Aug 27
Ollie, I'm a Macmillan palliative medicine consultant working as part of an advisory team at
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@NHS / Kay Aug 27
I work with a team of clinical nurse specialists providing expertise to patients with life limiting illnesses, cancer and other conditions.
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@NHS / Kay Aug 27
I see people & their families often at the end of their lives but want to encourage everyone to plan ahead & talk openly about their illness
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@NHS / Kay Aug 28
Replying to @RCPLondon
I am a specialist in palliative medicine and part of the my expertise is in pain and other symptom management
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@NHS / Kay Aug 28
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What is palliative medicine? - we look after patients( & family etc) who are usually coming towards the end of their life
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@NHS / Kay Aug 28
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We are an advisory service in the hospital - I don't have my own inpatients another consultant is in charge and we go where we are invited
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@NHS / Kay Aug 28
Here is an "speciality spotlight" I did to explain to others why I did and do what I do
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@NHS / Kay Aug 28
Replying to @RCPLondon @gmcuk
Also I made some guidance from the
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@NHS / Kay Aug 28
But while we are on language the overall theme of the week for me is: "It's good to talk"
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@NHS / Kay Aug 28
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And if I may make one bank holiday suggestion it's always good to talk & discuss these things for one very simple reason
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@NHS / Kay Aug 28
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And if you want some topics for the BBQ these are the sort of things we will cover this week whether or not the figures are right or not
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@NHS / Kay Aug 28
Thanks raising awareness is one of my aims and discussing why some access it and others struggle
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@NHS / Kay Aug 28
This is paradoxically a serious point it's not easy to measure what it is we do and convince people to fund it ...
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@NHS / Kay Aug 28
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And how people die lives on in the memories of those left behind - we see that in the news every week
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@NHS / Kay Aug 29
Team HQ still filling up but here's what keeps us going we can't compete on coffee ☕️ with but healthy snacks instead of cake 🎂
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@NHS / Kay Aug 29
To show we go all round the hospital we've come to the surgical wards on the 5th floor & took the stairs ✅ so can show you the helipad too
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@NHS / Kay Aug 29
While we are on the senior health ward here's Angela award 🥇 winning ward clerk who makes everything run smoothly
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@NHS / Kay Aug 29
As promised introducing m'learned friend and CNS colleague Jessica who worked the bank holiday weekend
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@NHS / Kay Aug 30
The sun ☀️ is not shining in but there's a new bar which does coffee ☕️ & a app you can download
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@NHS / Kay Aug 30
This one is on communication
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@NHS / Kay Aug 30
I also can't recommend this series from Joan Bakewell highly enough
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@NHS / Kay Aug 30
I'm also still so impressed by the late and her legacy - and for continuing it
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@NHS / Kay Aug 30
If you think someone is sick enough to die then say the words to the patient/ family & the rest of your team consultants included
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@NHS / Kay Aug 30
Actually made it to the oncology ward & met Lucy who's going to join our team in October but not wear black as per team regulations
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@NHS / Kay Aug 31
This is Helen who works with our team and is an physio full multidisciplinary working on show
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@NHS / Kay Aug 31
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And to explain all of that in more detail with a training pump here's Jess
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@NHS / Kay Aug 31
For anyone interested in further I'd also recommend this about hospital made by
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St George's NHS FT Aug 31
Here's Ollie, Macmillan Palliative Medicine Consultant at St George's, telling us a bit about his week at the helm of the feed
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@NHS / Kay Aug 31
Also this it's good to talk & it's never too early
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@NHS / Kay Aug 31
Also let the record show I went everywhere on my ward round today again too on foot 👞🏆 and the wifi held up for the camera 🎥 ✅
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@NHS / Kay Sep 1
Despite everything it's always has been and always will be good to talk and it's never too early to raise these things
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@NHS / Kay Sep 1
And while it's always good to talk words matter - I wrote this with
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@NHS / Kay Sep 1
Also as a thoughtful and thoroughly trustworthy guide this planning ahead for from
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Deborah Bowman Sep 1
That aka (for one week only folks) has done a brilliant job sharing his week & found time to post some wonderful links.
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@NHS / Kay Sep 1
All the talks about living beyond & after cancer treatment can be found here
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@NHS / Kay Sep 1
But research at or near the end of life is just as important and I'd encourage everyone to take part
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The RCP Sep 1
And thank you! Its been great following your work all week. For those who may have missed it - well worth a look!
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Dr Ros Taylor Sep 1
This is still my favourite hospital 'empathy' video Ollie
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Hospice UK Sep 1
Don't forget to keep following today as finishes his stint as curator of the account. Fine work Ollie!
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@NHS / Kay Sep 1
Absolutely yes and would say to anyone interested to jump in too
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Alex Wilson Sep 1
Ollie has brought professional expertise,a positive outlook & a sense of humour to what can be a really hard subject.The human factor
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@NHS / Kay Sep 1
Replying to @StGeorgesTrust
And we couldn't do what we do without her & indeed everyone else in oncology
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@NHS / Kay Sep 1
I never thought I'd RT myself but the rules are there to be broken *stayed on message all week* 🤗✅📦
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✨Chelsea✨ Sep 1
I've really really enjoyed your curating week & the interesting discussions Ollie, ty for your time & wisdom!
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Jacquie White Sep 1
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Thanks for sharing your week with us Ollie, really interesting & def agree about the impt of talking
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