GP Evening Meetings

Wednesday evenings, Start 19:00 Finish no later than 21:00



Marie Curie Hospice (Education Suite)
Balornock Road
Glasgow G21 3US


March – May 2017


  • Crises in Palliative Care – 22nd March
    Fiona Findlay, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, QEUH
    ‘Most common crises were covered succinctly / plenty of opportunity to ask questions and for discussion’
  • The Bristol Stool Chart of Existence or What is a Life? – 29th March 
    Russell Jones, Chaplain Beatson Oncology Centre
    (new topic from last year)
  • Respiratory Disease and Palliative Care – 19th April
    Scott Davidson, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow
    ‘Discussion on ventilation / Chance to ask about managing patients …. such as MND patients’
  • Ethical Issues in Palliative Care – 3rd May 
    Graham Whyte, Consultant in Palliative Care, Marie Curie Glasgow
    ‘really interesting discussions which made me think about ethical dilemmas in a new light’
  • Palliative Care in Cardiac Failure – 10th May 
    Karen Hogg, Consultant Cardiologist, Glasgow Royal
    ‘a very interesting and comprehensive interactive meeting on management of end stage heart failure’
  • Bereavement – 24th May 
    Carol Campbell, Head of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care, NHS GGC
    ‘Helpful reminder of grief reactions / Open discussion between attendees / Reflection and interaction’

Looking for an update on the common symptoms in palliative care?

Want to join a more in depth discussion on some of the underlying issues in caring for dying patients?

Then why not attend one, several or even all of the meetings detailed above!

This rolling programme of evening meetings is intended for GP principals, salaried GPs, GP retainers and GP registrars. Each meeting will focus on some aspect of palliative care and the series will cover the majority of problems that we, as GPs, encounter. It is not necessary to attend all the meetings. Evaluation of the previous series of meetings was very positive.

The meetings will last approximately 2 hours. The format of the meetings will vary to some extent depending on the ‘style’ of the specialist resource but are likely to include a presentation covering the key issues and afford the opportunity for attendees to air their views, raise issues, pose questions and reflect on their current practice. The meetings are intended to be highly participative!

The meetings will be facilitated by myself and there will be input from appropriate specialists at each meeting. The topics will include: pain; shortness of breath; nausea and vomiting; anxiety, confusion and restlessness; end of life care; crises; ethical issues; bereavement; spirituality; depression; DNACPR; KIS (ePCS) and anticipatory care planning. Some of these topics do not require specialist palliative care input as they are more to do with primary care processes. In addition, there will be several additional meetings dealing with non-malignant conditions. These will include renal and respiratory disease, heart failure and Parkinson’s disease. These meetings will have disease specific specialist input. Finally, there will be a pair of meetings looking at using complexity to aid significant event analysis and one other meeting focused on compassionate care.

The first five meetings will cover: Anticipatory Care Planning; Palliative Care in Renal Disease; Pain; Confusion, Anxiety & Terminal Agitation; Key Information Summary.

There are two documents linked above. First, there is a sheet detailing the meeting topic and specialist facilitator details, this covers the initial set of meetings up to Christmas. Second, there is a registration sheet to complete if you wish to attend any or all of the first 5 meetings as I felt that might be more practical to register for the meetings in ‘chunks’.

If you would like to pre-book any / some / all (!) of the meetings please contact my secretary. There will be further notification of each meeting approximately a couple of weeks before each meeting. My secretary will also attempt to ‘jog’ memories of intention to attend a few days before each meeting and so email addresses and best contact number would be most helpful.

I look forward to seeing you.
Euan Paterson
Macmillan GP Facilitator (Glasgow)


Audio recordings of meetings

Audio recording of a few meetings held in 2016 / 17  can be accessed at the following web page using the password supplied by the administrator.



These resources relate to current and previous evening meeting topics and will be updated as new materials become available.

Anticipatory Care Planning
Cardiac Failure
Crises in Palliative Care
Delirium, Anxiety & Restlessness
Depression in Palliative Care
Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmanary Resuscitation (DNACPR)
Key Information summary – KIS
Ethical Issues in Palliative Care
Last few days of life (SECTION UNDER REVIEW)
Nausea and Vomiting
Parkinson’s Disease
Renal Disease
Respiratory Disease
  • Palliative Care Non Malignant Respiratory Disease PDF 3 MB
    Scott Davidson, Chair Palliative Care in Non-Malignant Respiratory Disease, Southern General Hospital Glasgow





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