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UK Living Will Registry Press Release

PRESS RELEASE

93% of the population want to decide on their own Final Medical Care

A survey commissioned to mark the launch the UK Living Will Registry, where Doctors and Families can view incapacitated Patients’ wishes, has found that

• 93% of people want the right to decide how they are medically treated yet
• 49% have not heard of a Living Will
• 63% of those who know about them would consider creating one yet only
• 3% have a Living Will therefore leaving critical end of life decisions to others despite
• 56% wanting to write a Living Will in order to relieve their family of taking decisions on their behalf and
• 47% would rather make a decision in advance about their medical care rather than leave it to a Doctor whilst
• 71% would ignore or not ask their family’s wishes as to end of life care
• 89 % said that they were not embarrassed by the subject of death and would discuss the end of life issues with their family and friends.
• 90% said they would prefer to die anywhere but in a Hospital

Living Wills, otherwise known as Advance Decisions, are legally binding documents written by a person who has mental capacity in order to instruct Doctors on how they wish to be treated in the event of them becoming terminally ill and incapacitated.

Until now there has been no national Registry where these wills can be read by doctors, solicitors or family members in the event of the patient losing mental capacity.

Founder David Todd said:

“There is an overwhelming demand for people to decide how they wish to be treated if they become unable to communicate.”
“We have established the Registry – the first in the UK- to be a safe depository to communicate how one wishes to be cared for if you become incapacitated mentally through an accident, stroke or debilitating disease”
“There is little use in having a Living Will if it can’t be found when it is needed or if nobody knows it exists. This is why we have taken the initiative to establish a UK Living Will Registry”
“We have found that there is a deep desire to control the quality of life in its final stages but before now there was no easy way to create a Living Will or let others know what’s in it at all times of day or night”

It costs less than £10 to create an online Living Will.

All those who enrol their Living Will are issued with a Registry Card to go in their wallet or purse and stickers to put in prominent spots with all the details needed to access their wishes.

Contacts:  David Todd: 01424 839203 Neil Mackwood: 07900 554702