Grand Hyatt to stage palliative care seminar

Maggie Jeans of the British Business Forum in Oman is encouraging people to attend an evening seminar on palliative care for Oman at the Grand Hyatt Muscat Hotel on August 14.

The meeting will be opened at 5pm by the Minister of Health, H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Sa'eedi, and the key note speaker will be professor Richard Harding from the Centre for Global Health Palliative Care, Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College, London.

In Oman, palliative care is still in its infancy and many acute hospital beds are blocked by patients who would benefit from this specialised form of care with its many advantages.

Maggie Jeans who is championing palliative care in Oman said:

"Unblocking acute beds in hospitals in the sultanate would enable them to work more efficiently and be more cost effective whilst at the same time improving the quality of life for palliative care patients. Palliative care improves the quality of life for patients and their families who are facing the challenges associated with life-threatening illnesses. It prevents and relieves suffering, through correct assessment of pain and other problems and enables patients and families to maintain the best quality of life, whatever the diagnosis, by providing expert practical care along with emotional support."