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New support scheme for bereaved families

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A bereavement project piloted in Preston is to be rolled out at Royal Lancaster Infirmary today.

The project was adopted as a Lancashire Constabulary force policy in December 2012, and, after being piloted at the Royal Preston Hospital, has also been running at other hospitals in the south of the county since.

As part of the bereavement support process, police officers have acted as a conduit for bereaved families who have suffered a sudden loss, helping them to access support services that can help them deal with their loss.

Trained NHS staff then deal with any issues that may arise, including whether the deceased was a registered tissue donor.

A significant number of families have been supported thus far, with over 100 tissue donations taking place since the support process’ inception.

The project launches in Lancaster today.

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