Our Statement on Assisted Dying

Assisted Dying, also known as Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, is illegal under English Law, both resulting in criminal convictions. 

Assisted Dying Statement

At St Wilfrid’s Hospice we are committed to working to ensure all dying people and those close to them have access to the care and support they need. In our community, we are dedicated to providing high quality specialist end of life care and bereavement support wherever and whenever it is needed.

We care for patients who have a terminal or life-limiting diagnosis, helping to improve their wellbeing and quality of life. We also provide compassionate, dedicated and dignified care for patients at the end of their life.

We recognise that assisted dying is a complex and emotive issue and we respect everyone’s right to their own opinion about it. If our patients and their loved ones hold specific views about assisted dying, this would not prevent them accessing our services and it would not change the way that we care for them.

The ethos of hospice and palliative care, as defined by the World Health Organisation, is that it ‘intends neither to hasten nor postpone death’. We are mindful that any future change in UK law could change individuals’ expectations and perceptions of their local hospice.

Everyone has their own thoughts and preferences around the end of their life and what a ‘good death’ would be. At St Wilfrid’s Hospice we listen to and respect each individual so that we can meet their needs and focus on what matters most to them. We not only take care of patients’ physical needs, we consider their emotional, spiritual and social needs too. We also support families and close friends, both during illness and in bereavement.

We encourage our patients to discuss their wishes with those who are important to them, and make an Advance Care Plan.

We believe there is an important debate about the right of every individual to be well cared for up until the time of their death. We believe in improving access to, and funding for, palliative and end of life care for everyone across the UK, no matter who they are or where they live.

Our priority is ensuring that all those in our community who could benefit from hospice care are aware of the wide range of services and support St Wilfrid’s Hospice provides, and are able to access them should they choose to do so.

We will continue to raise awareness of our services in West Sussex and Hampshire, challenge common misconceptions about hospice care, encourage everyone from our diverse community to talk openly about death and dying, whilst working hard to fund vital hospice care for local people.