those close to the patient

those close to the patient

A UK term of art used in the context of terminal (end-of-life) care, which refers to any of the following people: a professional or other carer, a partner, a close family member or friend, an informal advocate, or other person who remains closeby as the patient nears his or her end of life.
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The guidance adds: "Discussions about organ donation with those close to the patient should only take place when it has been clearly established that they understand that death is inevitable or has occurred.