The Princess Royal visits King’s campus

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The Princess Royal, in her role as Chancellor of the University of London, met researchers, clinicians and patients at the Cicely Saunders Institute.

Princess Anne met with researchers who work with people’s experience of life-limiting conditions, death and dying. For example, she was shown breathlessness support kits, which can help lessen feelings of distress.

Professor Richard Harding, Director of the Cicely Saunders Institute, said: “The global need for palliative care will double by 2040 and our work at the Cicely Saunders Institute is focused with this in mind. The unique partnership housed within the CSI enables us to discover new ways to manage the most common and distressing problems faced by patients and families, to deliver them directly to those affected, to teach health and social professionals the latest evidence in palliative care, and to develop future leaders. We have achieved much in the last 10 years, and in partnership with patients and families we have directly influenced policy and practice. As we look ahead to the next 10 years, we must accelerate our activity to meet both current and future need for palliative care to ensure that we prevent unnecessary suffering.”

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