Galway Hospice Foundation
The Galway Hospice Foundation is a voluntary organisation. It was established in 1986 when a group of local doctors and nurses came together with a view to developing hospice services for the people of Galway city and county, as no such services existed there at the time.
Initially the Foundation researched the need for this service among Health Care professionals and, having received a positive response, set about raising the funds for the provision of a Home Care Service initially, with the aim of following with Inpatient, Day Care and support services as resources allowed.
The Home Care Service was launched in January 1990 with an initial team of one doctor, one full-time and one part-time nurse. Since then the team has grown to two doctors, ten Clinical Nurse Specialists, Social Workers and Pastoral Care. The service is available 7 days per week, 365 days per year.
While the majority of patients cared for by the Galway Hospice team express the wish to remain at home, and with the support of the Home Care Service are able to do so, there are patients who, for a variety of reasons, may not. Some patients' symptoms may be difficult to control in the community, carers may need a period of respite, and sometimes patients may not have the support systems to allow them to remain in their own homes throughout their illness.
In order to answer the needs of those particular patients, the Galway Hospice Foundation, in 1992, set about raising the capital cost of a purpose built facility incorporating In-patient, Day Care and support services. The cost which was approx. €2.6 million (a very sizeable sum at that time) was raised totally through voluntary subscriptions from the community, business, farming and professional sectors of Galway city and county and also through individual donations from far and wide.
In 1997, funding from the Western Health Board (now HSE West) was received for the running costs of the Inpatient Unit, allowing the first patients to be admitted in December of that year. Patients are admitted for either symptom control, respite, psychological support, end of life care or a combination of these. The usual length of stay is approximately two weeks, though this is reviewed on an individual basis.
At the Hospice, the multidisciplinary team includes a Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Medical Officers, Clinical Nurse Managers, Staff Nurses, Auxiliary Nurses, Pastoral Care and Social Workers. Day Care opened in 1998, with patients coming from home to meet one another in a social rather than clinical environment, and to be clinically reviewed by the multidisciplinary team. Many enjoy availing of the services of hairdresser, massage therapist, physiotherapist, reflexologist and other therapists available within the Day Care Unit.
Marymount Hospice Cork
Marymount University Hospice
Marymount is a Specialist Palliative Care Unit based at Marymount University Hospital & Hospice Curraheen Co. Cork, in a state of the art purpose build campus which opened in 2011. Our services are provided free of charge to anyone who needs them.
We offer a 44-bed in-patient unit, but 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 through the Community Palliative Care team. 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 objective of our 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. 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.
The Friends of Marymount
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 Marymount are a voluntary group who raise funds to enhance the hospital and to benefit the patients. 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 the Hospital. Hospice, our Daycare Unit and our Home Care Units. 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.