WEST OF IRELAND’S FIRST PALLIATIVE CARE UNIT OPENS IN LATE JUNE

Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation is due to open the West of Ireland’s first state-of-the-art palliative care unit in Castlebar, Co. Mayo in late June, with a second similar unit due to open in Roscommon in 2021.

Both units in Castlebar and Roscommon Town are being built completely from fund-raised revenue, according to Martina Jennings, CEO of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation. “The cost of completion for Castlebar is projected at €10 million. Although it is a huge challenge for our organisation, we will see it through to completion on schedule and on budget,” she added.

Video showcase of the14-bed hospice unit for Castlebar, to open its doors in late June.

The Mayo facility includes a Day Care Centre (which includes a central private garden, providing patients with privacy), a Community Care Centre and a 14 Bed In-Patient Unit providing symptom control support, respite and end of life services.

The facility will be shared and supported by the HSE, the Home Care Team, Administration Section and Central Support Service. A café, shop and reflection room will be publicly accessible, which aims to add vitality and increase awareness of the hospice works in the local community.

Martina said they’re “delighted the dream is now becoming a reality”, and as soon as the Castlebar Hospice Unit is complete, building work will start on Roscommon’s Palliative Care Hospice, with a completion cost of €6 million.

The proposed site is on HSE lands to the rear of Roscommon University Hospital and will provide access to the new Palliative Care Centre from the extended existing visitor’s carpark. A new internal link will be created to connect the hospice to the hospital, thereby allowing for shared therapies and services for patients, staff and visitors alike.

The Roscommon facility will provide Day Care and Community Care facilities, and an eight Bed In-Patient Unit providing respite and end of life services. The facility will be shared with Roscommon General Hospital and supported by the HSE, the Home Care Team, an Administration Section and Central Support Services.

“These units are an absolute necessity for the people of Mayo and Roscommon and the sad reality is that if our Foundation does not commit to building these state-of-the-art units, it simply would not happen,” she noted.

As well as funding the cost of these two units, Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation will continue to fund the Palliative Home Care Service across the region at an annual cost of €2 million. “This is a vital service in the local community and one of which we are so very proud,” the chief executive pointed out.