Three new nurses yet to be­gin work

MEET­ING GROUP WANTS PAL­LIA­TIVE CARE DE­VEL­OPED

Bray People - - About Greystones - Myles BUCHANAN

A NEW GROUP set up in Wick­low last week to lobby for the de­vel­op­ment of pal­lia­tive care ser­vices in the county has called for the three new pal­lia­tive care nurses re­cently re­cruited for Wick­low to start work im­me­di­ately.

At a pub­lic meet­ing held in the Grand Ho­tel, Wick­low Town on Wed­nes­day called by the Ir­ish Hospice Foun­da­tion, about 20 rep­re­sen­ta­tives at­tended be­long­ing to or­gan­i­sa­tions such as can­cer sup­port groups and the South Wick­low Hospice Home­care

A new or­gan­i­sa­tion was formed to push for proper pal­lia­tive ser­vices in the county, with the IHF once again re­it­er­at­ing claims that Wick­low had the most un­der-funded com­mu­nity ser­vice in Ire­land.

While the HSE re­cently an­nounced the re­cruit­ment of three pal­lia­tive nurses for the Wick­low area, they have yet to de­ployed around the county.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr. Cud­dihy, ‘Wick­low has the most un­der­funded pal­lia­tive care com­mu­nity ser­vice in the coun­try with only one of its four com­mu­nity nurs­ing posts cur­rently filled. We know that three peo­ple were suc­cess­ful at in­ter­view some time ago. We want to get an im­me­di­ate start date for th­ese nurses.

‘There are peo­ple in Wick­low at this very mo­ment who could ben­e­fit from the skills of a pal­lia­tive care nurse. Any de­lay is in­ex­cus­able.’

It was also stated at the meet­ing, that un­der Gov­ern­ment pol­icy, Wick­low should have a 12-bed­ded hospice and ac­cess to the ser­vices of a con­sul­tant in pal­lia­tive medicine and a spe­cial­ist reg­is­trar, 12 spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care nurses and a range of mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary pro­fes­sion­als. There should also be five pal­lia­tive care nurses in the com­mu­nity, at least one com­mu­nity phys­io­ther­a­pist, one com­mu­nity oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist and one com­mu­nity so­cial worker.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures pro­duced at the meet­ing, only 50 cent per head of pop­u­la­tion is spent on pal­lia­tive care in Wick­low, com­pared to €33 per head in the north west of Ire­land. 900 peo­ple died in Wick­low in 2006, 180 or 20 per cent from can­cer. Fig­ures show that 40 peo­ple in Wick­low died of can­cer that year, in­di­cat­ing that over 100 can­cer pa­tients ac­tu­ally died out­side their own county.

Mem­bers of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee set up this week meet on Wed­nes­day as well to de­ter­mine fu­ture goals and a course of action.

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