Macmillan Cancer Support praises best practice for the RCHT’s End of Life care

In the most recent newsletter for Macmillan Cancer Support, The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Palliative & End of Life Care Team have been featured nationally as an example of best practice.
In an article titled ‘Butterfly emblem helps to improve care’, Steph Brelsford, Project Lead for Butterfly Cornwall, talks about the simple but effective way we can improve care for our patients that are at the end of life.

“Butterfly Cornwall is a scheme to improve the way people and their loved ones spend their last days together”, explains Steph. “As a Macmillan Palliative Care Nurse, I have the opportunity to support teams across the hospital to meet the special needs of our patients. This is achieved through short training sessions, holistic support and facilitating experiences to bring joy and create memories to cherish.”

The Butterfly Cornwall scheme offers patients and their loved ones a wide variety of support, including:

  • Open visiting and carer passports
  • Comfort bags for relatives
  • Pet visits
  • Butterfly belongings bags for a person’s possessions after death
  • Wedding boxes for people at the end of life who wish to get married
  • Rainbow days, which add colour to someone’s last days by meeting a person’s final wishes

“Butterfly Cornwall’s ambition is that people at the end of life feel well cared for, that their loved ones feel well supported and that variations in care are reduced”, Steph continues. “This can have a huge impact on our staff. When we provide high-quality care, especially at end of life, the positives are wide-ranging and ripple throughout our teams and wards.”

For more information about Palliative and End of Life Care at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals please visit: or watch our video on the work of Butterfly Cornwall here:

Added on December 6, 2019, in News - Cancer Services / General News / Patient Experience