Hospice set to invest €16m in new care unit

by Gazette Reporter

A Dublin-based hospice is investing €16m in the development of a new specialised palliative care unit as demands for its service grows.
Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Service lodged a planning application with Dublin City Council this week for the new unit, as well as an expanded community palliative care service at its Harold’s Cross site.
According to a spokesperson for Our Lady’s hospice, the new unit will include 36 single en suite rooms, providing patients with more space for them and their families. They will replace 36 existing beds, the majority of which are in shared facilities.
The proposed development will also see significant investment to expand facilities for its day hospice and to support the provision of palliative services in the community. The project is estimated to cost in the region of €16m, funded through existing accumulated resources and future fundraising income.
Mo Flynn, chief executive of Our Lady’s Hospice and Cares Services, said: “We are seeing a growing demand for hospice services from patients at an earlier stage in their illness, from day patients and from patients in their homes. For many patients the hospice will be their final home where they want privacy and space.
“This development will mean every patient has their own room looking out on a green space. Our new in-patient unit will offer the best of both worlds – carefully designed rooms where people can get the best of treatment in the best of surroundings.
“In parallel, the development project will allow us afford more space and resource to support day hospice, outpatients and our community nurse services, where we see almost a thousand new patients and carry out over 12,000 home visits every year.”
If approved, the development will proceed in two phases with the first phase being the construction of the single bedrooms. The new rooms will be built in clusters of six and will centre on a large landscaped courtyard.
Phase two will include work on the existing building into a community palliative care service unit, including a new day hospice, therapy rooms and expanded outpatient c linic areas.
Work is expected to start before the end the year and be completed by mid-2016.

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