The importance of end-of-life care in rural settings

by Dawn Tame-Battell
Assistant Director, Patient Services


Dawn Tame-Battell



The BBC’s eight-part documentary Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day reveals, through the experience of patients and staff, the grief, frustration, heroism and joy evident in the NHS every single day.


On Tuesday, the third episode in the series included a feature that looked at the unique challenges the NHS faces providing care in remote areas – in this instance the island of Islay, situated off the west coast of Scotland.

The film shows how important it is that high-quality end-of-life care is available to everybody, even those in remote areas. Since 2004, Marie Curie has been working with providers and commissioners from the public, independent and voluntary sectors to improve the way end-of-life care is delivered. In particular, we are well placed to help providers overcome the kind of challenges they face in places like Islay. These challenges are evident in the BBC’s fascinating film and I encourage you to watch it.

Watch Keeping Britain Alive on the BBC iPlayer