Hospice gets a €6 mil­lion re­vamp

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

MIN­IS­TER for Health Si­mon Har­ris of­fi­cially re­opened the St Brigid’s Hospice in the Cur­ragh af­ter a €6 mil­lion re­vamp.

The hospice has been re­de­vel­oped as a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence de­liv­er­ing pal­lia­tive care ser­vices for the peo­ple of west Wick­low and Kil­dare.

Part of the works in­cluded an ex­ten­sion, in­creas­ing bed ca­pac­ity from seven to thir­teen pal­lia­tive care sup­port bed­rooms.

Min­is­ter Har­ris also ref­er­enced Wick­low Hospice at Magher­amore as he opened St Brigid’s, with the amount of spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care beds in­creas­ing by 50 per cent over the past five years, with plans to in­crease them by a fur­ther 50 per cent over the next five years.

‘I was de­lighted to turn the sod on the build­ing of the 15 bed Wick­low Hospice at Magher­amore site this sum­mer. This will be com­pleted and ready to open in 2019. This will mean, in 2019 be­tween St Brigid’s Hospice The Cur­ragh and Wick­low Hospice in Magher­amore, all of Wick­low will have ap­pro­pri­ate hospice care, This was a key goal for me on be­com­ing Min­is­ter for Health,’ said Min­is­ter Har­ris.

The ser­vices to be de­liv­ered from St Brigid’s Hospice in­clude pal­lia­tive home care ser­vices, a 13 bed­ded in-pa- tient ser­vice and day ser­vices. Each in-pa­tient has gar­den views and large dou­ble doors which open di­rectly onto their own pri­vate ter­race, al­low­ing beds to be placed out­doors if re­quired. There are also com­mu­nal gar­dens that pa­tients and their fam­i­lies can en­joy. The ser­vices in­clude the de­vel­op­ment of a day hospice which will pro­vide ac­cess to a multi-dis­ci­plinary team in­clud­ing phys­io­ther­apy, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy, so­cial work, di­etet­ics and speech and lan­guage ther­apy.

‘Day ser­vices are an in­te­gral com­po­nent of pal­lia­tive care ser­vices pro­vid­ing in­creased ca­pac­ity to as­sist and sup­port pa­tients who wish to re­main in their homes,’ added Min­is­ter Har­ris. ‘The pal­lia­tive home care ser­vices also now lo­cated in St Brigid’s pro­vide spe­cial­ist nurs­ing care to the com­mu­nity I want to com­mend the work of the Hospice’s staff and pal­lia­tive care team, and thank them for mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of pa­tients and fam­i­lies across the re­gion’.

ABOVE: Health Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris at the re­open­ing of St Brigid’s Hospice.LEFT: Min­is­ter for Health Si­mon Har­ris cuts the rib­bon to off­i­caly open St Brigid’s Hospice af­ter €6 worth of works at the fa­cil­ity.

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