Changes to Community Palliative Care 

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, some of our usual face-to-face contacts with patients and families are being carried out virtually (telephone/video calling) to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Visiting Patients – Anna Gaynor House & RMDU Step-Down Unit, Harold’s Cross

Unfortunately for now no visiting is permitted in RMDU Step-Down Unit, other than in exceptional circumstances.  This is in line with HSE guidance.

In Anna Gaynor House visiting is strictly one visit per week by appointment only. Residents’ first point of contact have been contacted directly to facilitate this. No walk in visits are permitted. Visiting outside of appointments will only be in exceptional or end of life circumstances.

While we understand the importance of visitors for patients & families, we are also very conscious of the risks to both them & staff.

We know & regret the distress this will cause & hope for your understanding.

We encourage ‘virtual visits’ by Skype, WhatsApp or phone & our team can help – see here for more details

Visiting in the Specialist Palliative Care Units, Harold’s Cross & Blackrock

Limited visiting is permitted in our Palliative Care Units in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock for patients who may be in their last weeks of life.

Special conditions are in place for those who are being treated for Covid19.

The team caring for patients who appear to be in their final days will work with their loved ones on specific visiting arrangements.

For those unable to visit in person we encourage ‘virtual visits’ by Skype, WhatsApp or phone & our team can help – see here for more details.

Click here for information on visiting Blackrock Hospice

Stay Connected

Why not send a message or photo to your loved one? Or ask for a ‘virtual visit’ using video calling? Remember to put the person’s name in the subject of your email!

Contact our Occupational Therapy team on

Click here for information

RMDU Step-Down Unit

In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, we have suspended some of our normal services and are using our skills and resources to assist the acute hospitals by taking over care for some of their patients. These patients are being cared for in the RMDU Step-Down Unit on our Harold’s Cross site.