Group cam­paign­ing for pal­lia­tive ser­vices calls pub­lic meet­ing

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A NEWLY-formed group cam­paign­ing for im­proved hospice care in County Wick­low has called for a pub­lic meet­ing in sup­port of the de­vel­op­ment of much-needed pal­lia­tive ser­vices.

Dr. Bren­dan Cud­dihy of Grey­stones is the Chair­per­son of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee for the Wick­low Pal­lia­tive Care/Hospice Cam­paign, and Wick­low town’s Miriam McGrath is the sec­re­tary.

The group wants the three re­cently re­cruited pal­lia­tive care nurses for Wick­low to start work straight away.

They also plan to strongly lobby the HSE to im­ple­ment the plan to build a hospice in the county, and want to know where the pro­posed site for the hospice will be.

Lough­lin­stown is the near­est acute hospi­tal for patents from Wick­low but has a lim­ited pal­lia­tive care ser­vice.

Ac­cord­ing to mem­bers of the Wick­low Pal­lia­tive Care/Hos- pice Cam­paign, this is com­pletely con­trary to HSE pol­icy.

Ev­ery other ma­jor acute hospi­tal in the re­gion has a pal­lia­tive care team and the lobby group want the same sort of ser­vice put in place at Lough­lin­stown.

Dr Cud­dihy says, ‘ Pal­lia­tive care saves money. Pa­tients un­der the care of a hospice spend less time in hospi­tal and when they are ad­mit­ted their stays are shorter. They also spent less time in in­ten­sive care.

‘At the mo­ment 50 cent per head of pop­u­la­tion is spent on pal­lia­tive care in Wick­low com­pared to €33 per head of pop­u­la­tion in the north west of the coun­try. De­vel­op­ing the pal­lia­tive care ser­vice for Wick­low is in the in­ter­ests of pa­tients and their fam­i­lies but it is also good for State cof­fers.’

The pub­lic meet­ing takes place in Fa­tima Hall in Wick­low town at 8 p.m. on Wed­nes­day March 4.

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