Dying, Recovering and Caring during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A podcast exploring what it’s like for NHS staff, patients and loved ones at this unusual and difficult time.

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This helpful and informative podcast comes from the Centre for the Art of Dying Well, based at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. It was produced from a state of COVID-19 lock-down but covers an incredible amount of ground by way of an exclusive interview with Dr Kathryn Mannix.

Kathryn is a Palliative Care physician, author of ‘With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial’ and a woman who’s on a mission to get us all better acquainted with the idea of dying well. She has returned to work during the COVID-19 pandemic and in this podcast tells us what it’s like for staff, patients and loved ones at this unusual and difficult time. She believes that by the end of the pandemic “there are things we are doing now which will transform – for the better – how we will offer care forever”.

Listen to Dr Mannix talk about:

  • What it’s like to care for people dying of COVID-19
  • How the dying can be kept comfortable
  • How to relate when wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Palliative care and assisting with breathing
  • The remarkable NHS and care workers and how they need protecting
  • Standing alongside those who are alone
  • How care homes are coping
  • The L Word – love
  • Saying goodbye