The service is provided by a team of Clinical Nurse Specialists and an Occupational Therapist. The specialist nursing service is in place 365 days a year to provide specialist palliative care ensuring that people who are coping with a life threatening illness can access appropriate homecare and support. The aim of the service is to enhance the palliative care of patients in the home / community setting and to support and assist their families and professional carers. The Team provide the service by means of early identification and assessment and treatment of pain and other problems physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
The majority of patients cared for are cancer patients, but as our service has developed and expanded it is now also available for pain and symptom control in patients with other non-malignant conditions such as Motor Neurone, Muscular Dystrophy & MS.
How to avail of our hospice service
Patients are referred to the Consultant led Palliative Care Service by either their Hospital Consultant or their General Practitioner. Inpatient/Hospital referrals are made by the patient’s Consultant. Community/Home referrals are made by the patients General Practitioner. Home Care is provided by the Palliative Care Team working in co-operation with the patients General Practitioner and the Public Health Nurses.
All care is provided free of charge.