The applicant Trust was seeking a declaration that it would be both lawful and in the P's best interests to discontinue any further attempts to provide dialysis.
The P was diagnosed with end stage kidney disease on 30th September 2019. Since then, he has been in and out of hospital receiving dialysis but repeatedly failed to attend out patient appointments when he returned home. The P is now seriously unwell and is expected to die within 2 or 3 weeks. This hearing was to determine whether such dialysis should continue and whether to endorse the Trust's care plan.
The court ruled that it was not in the P's best interests to continue to receive dialysis. The P required peace, rest, the presence of his family and the prescribed palliative medication referred to in the Trust's care plan.
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