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." When approaching those close to the patient, staff should say donation is a usual part of the end-of-life care process and ask open-ended questions such as "How do you think your relative would feel about organ donation?".