What We Do
We provide specialist Palliative Care services for adults with life-limiting conditions and their families. This care is carried out by a multidisciplinary team, in partnership with other community and hospital services. We take a holistic approach to care, aiming to meet the needs of both patient and family. These needs, which can be physical, emotional, social and spiritual, are treated through a variety of services.
- Inpatient care in our specialist Palliative Care Unit.
- Support for family (including children) and carers.
- Community services: supporting care at home through the Specialist Community Palliative Care team.
- Community day services: Day Hospice and outpatient clinics.
- Close links to acute hospital services at St James’s Hospital, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Tallaght Hospital, St Michael’s Hospital and St Columcille’s Hospital.
- Bereavement support.
- Specialist respite care admissions.
- Twenty-four hour telephone support for community-based patients and their carers.
- Close links to radiotherapy services at St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Centre.
- Specialist social work support and access to psychology services, where needed.
- X-ray facilities available one day a week (Harold’s Cross site only).
- Practical help, advice and information.
- Provision of specialist therapies, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and complementary therapy.
- Links with interventional pain services, through acute hospitals.
- Chaplaincy support.
- Provision of information, support, education and training to carers, where needed.
- Services located on Harold’s Cross and Blackrock sites.
Please note we do not have the specialist equipment to offer advanced life support and resuscitation. If a patient wants these treatments, they will be transferred to an acute hospital.
All members of the multidisciplinary team work together to care for you during your inpatient stay. Your needs and wishes are central to what we do: We encourage you to be involved in all decisions concerning your care. Family members are also welcome to take an active part in caring for you, if wished.
Assessment, Care Plan and Treatments
When you are admitted to the ward, we will make a full assessment of your needs, find out what issues are of particular concern and discuss what expectations or goals you have for your time here. Whereas most of the facts and details of this assessment take place when you are ‘admitted’ by the doctor and nurse together on arrival, much of this assessment actually takes place over the first days of your stay, as we get to know you and you us.
As a team, we will work with you to make an individualised care plan and establish some goals. All of our patients are different and have different problems. Examples of the types of treatments and therapies you might receive include: