Marymount Hospice Cork
Marymount University Hospice
Marymount University Hospice is a Specialist Palliative Care Unit. Based at St. Patrick’s University Hospital, our services are provided free of charge to anyone who needs them.
In palliative care, the family is the unit of care so the numbers of people who benefit from the services is actually a multiple of the number of patients, a dedicated multi-disciplinary team that includes doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers, chaplains and pharmacists with training in palliative care.
In addition to a 24-bed in-patient unit, the hospice also offers care and support to those patients who choose to be cared for in their own homes. Working in close liaison with community based medical and nursing services, hospice based nurses will visit patients in their own home. This service is designed to complement the skills and the resources of the patient’s own family doctor and other community based healthcare professionals. Other services available at Marymount include a Hospice Day Unit and Outpatients Assessment Unit.
The overall objectives of palliative care services is to ensure that patients are free from pain and other distressing symptoms, thus enabling them to live full, active and rewarding lives. Marymount University Hospice is very grateful for the ongoing support which it receives from the HSE voluntary groups and organisations and also to the people of Cork City and County who have supported the work of the hospice over the past 125 years.
The Sisters of Charity have cared for the people of Cork since 1870 and that tradition of dedicated and compassionate personal care is still very much in evidence today Hospice care is the total care of the patient and family at that stage of serious illness when the focus has shifted from treatment aimed at cure to ensuring quality of life. It seeks to relieve the physical symptoms of the illness while equally addressing the person’s emotional, social and spiritual needs. It seeks to treat the person rather than the illness and it is all about living life to the end.
Friends of St Patrick’s University Hospital/Marymount University Hospice. The Friends are a unit of 30 Volunteers who receive no payments or commissions from any of the Fundraising Events carried out by them or by others on their behalf. In 2005 the Friends received a Civic Award for their contribution to the Voluntary Sector of Cork City.
Affilliated to the Irish Hospice Foundation, the Friends of St. Patrick’s University Hospital/Marymount University Hospice are a voluntary group who raise funds to enhance the hospital and to benefit the patients. They meet on the second Monday of each month. Their major fundraising events are “Sunflower Days” and “Irelands Biggest Coffee Morning”.
The Friends are currently fundraising to support and maintain the current level of services available at theHospital. Hospice, our Daycare Unit and our Home Care Units.