Why does the Hospice want to know about my next of kin? We need to know who you would like us to keep informed about your care and get in touch with if there is an emergency. You may also wish to provide us with contact details for other people that you would like us to keep informed, such as children and close friends. We are happy to meet and support whoever you give us permission to speak to. We will not divulge medical or personal information to anyone without your consent.