Three Leicestershire clinical commissioning groups have launched a new guide tackling the issue of care and treatment towards the end of a patient’s life.

The guide has been launched across the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland regions as part of Dying Matters week, which runs until May 19.

It aims to help patients think about what care they may want to receive in the future should they become seriously ill, disabled or unable to make decisions for themselves.

It also gives advice on how patients can discuss these issues with those who care for them – doctors, nurses, care home manager, social worker, family or friends – and how to record their decisions in a care plan.

Professor Mayur Lakhani, the co-chair for the Deciding Right programme said: “Caring for someone at the end of their life is a sensitive and often difficult subject to discuss.

“Not everyone will choose to talk about this, but for those who want to plan their care in advance, the Deciding Right guide will help them to think about their future treatment and make their wishes known.”

The Deciding Right guide has been created by the three local clinical commissioning groups West Leicestershire, East Leicestershire and Rutland, and Leicester City together with partners in local hospitals, and community health services.