New state-of-the-art-Specialist Palliative Care Unit in Harold’s Cross and our future plans for development

As Ireland’s largest specialist palliative care provider, we must constantly adapt to adhere to healthcare standards, the complexities of an ageing population to deliver quality care in the best environment possible. In 2011 we conducted a comprehensive site review of our Harold’s Cross campus. At the time, our Palliative Care Unit consisted of a mixture of single and four-bedded rooms – not appropriate for ensuring dignity and privacy of patients and families at end-of-life. A capital project commenced in 2015 to build a new state-of-the-art Unit. We designed a warm and welcoming single bedded Unit, each room opens onto a private courtyard and communal garden area. All rooms have overnight facilities for families and are equipped to the highest standard, ensuring comfort and dignity. The aim of the single room model is to reduce waiting lists, improve infection control and remove gender admission challenges. In 2018 the Unit was officially opened by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris T.D.

100% of the building costs, or €13,600,000, was funded through fundraising and we are hugely grateful to everyone that supported the building of this new Unit.  The capital expansion project continues to be the largest in our history and one that has transformed our patient experience. It is the first phase in a multi-phased capital project to improve and expand our services. We are now undertaking the next phase of this project which includes the refurbishment of our palliative care unit in Blackrock, the opening of a new hospice in Wicklow and the reconfiguration and expansion of our services in Harold’s Cross to meet growing demand and anticipated future needs. While we have achieved a lot together in recent times, we still need your assistance to help achieve future goals.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at the opening of the new Palliative Care Unit in Harold’s Cross, April 2018:

“At a time when we are all living longer it is vital that we provide the best support to people as they become frail or face illness.  The Hospice supports people during these times and works with patients and their families to celebrate life and ensure their dignity and comfort. This new purpose-built facility, which has been developed in close consultation with patients and staff, will provide a sanctuary for those who need care and support, as well as providing a peaceful environment for their families.”