HOSPICE GETS READY TO OPEN

WICK­LOW HOSPICE IS OF­FI­CIALLY DUE TOOPENLATE­RIN THIS MONTH

Wicklow People - - FRONT PAGE - By MYLES BUCHANAN

RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY for Wick­low Hospice has been trans­ferred to Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Ser­vices (OLH&CS) as the fa­cil­ity pre­pares to of­fi­cially open later this month.

On Thurs­day, OLH&CS took over the man­age­ment and gover­nance of the hospice from the Wick­low Hospice Foun­da­tion. It will be the first specialist pal­lia­tive care fa­cil­ity in County Wick­low, pro­vid­ing in-pa­tient care to those with life-lim­it­ing conditions.

Chair of Wick­low Hospice Foun­da­tion, Sean Dor­gan said: ‘Af­ter many years, and loyal sup­port from the peo­ple of Wick­low, the doors of the Wick­low Hospice will soon open and we are very happy to hand the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the man­age­ment and gover­nance of the fa­cil­ity to OLH&CS, one of the old­est and largest specialist pal­lia­tive care providers in the coun­try.’

Two open days will take place later this month, giv­ing the pub­lic a chance to view the fa­cil­ity.

RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY for man­age­ment and gover­nance of Wick­low Hospice has been passed from the Wick­low Hospice Foun­da­tion to Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Ser­vices (OLH&CS) ahead of its of­fi­cial open­ing later this month.

Two open days will also take place later this month, of­fer­ing the pub­lic the chance to visit the fa­cil­ity.

Wick­low Hospice will pro­vide 15 in-pa­tient pub­lic beds and specialist Com­mu­nity Pal­lia­tive Care ser­vices across the county to those with life-lim­it­ing conditions, ex­clud­ing west Wick­low, which comes un­der St Brigid’s Hospice in Kil­dare.

Com­ing un­der the gover­nance of OLH&CS, Wick­low Hospice joins the 200-bed fa­cil­ity in Harold’s Cross and the 12-bed fa­cil­ity at Black­rock.

A huge and widely-sup­ported fundrais­ing drive helped de­velop the fa­cil­ity at Magher­amore, which is built on a 3.5 acres site that was do­nated by the Colum­ban Sis­ters.

The HSE will meet the op­er­a­tional costs of the fa­cil­ity and fundrais­ing for cap­i­tal costs and en­hance­ments for pa­tients and fam­i­lies will be driven by OLH&CS.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of OLH&CS, Au­drey Houli­han said she was de­lighted to wel­come Wick­low Hospice into the OLH&CS fam­ily.

‘As the fa­cil­ity comes un­der our man­age­ment, I would like to pay heart­felt trib­ute to the peo­ple of Wick­low and the Wick­low Hospice Foun­da­tion, for get­ting the fa­cil­ity to this point.

‘It is a tes­ta­ment to ev­ery per­son who took part in the many fundrais­ing projects that Wick­low now has a fa­cil­ity of this cal­i­bre, which will be used by gen­er­a­tions to come.’

Chair of Wick­low Hospice Foun­da­tion, Sean Dor­gan said: ‘Af­ter many years and loyal sup­port from the peo­ple of Wick­low, the doors of the Wick­low Hospice will soon open and we are very happy to hand the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the man­age­ment and gover­nance of the fa­cil­ity to OLH&CS, one of the old­est and largest specialist pal­lia­tive care providers in the coun­try. We are de­lighted to have re­alised our vi­sion and we look for­ward to the de­vel­op­ment of Wick­low Hospice in re­sponse to lo­cal needs.’

Recruitmen­t for po­si­tions at Wick­low Hospice will com­mence in the com­ing weeks. Ap­pli­ca­tions will be in­vited for a range of roles and will be pub­lished on www.olh. ie and on OLH&CS so­cial me­dia chan­nels.

The pub­lic is in­vited to two open days on Satur­day and Sun­day, Jan­uary 25 and 26, when there will be tours of the fa­cil­ity tak­ing place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The of­fi­cial open­ing of Wick­low Hospice will take place later in the month once a set-date has been se­lected.

PHO­TOS BY MICK KELLY

The Wick­low Hospice build­ing, which was handed over to Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Ser­vices last week.

Chair­per­son of the Wick­low Hospice Foun­da­tion Sean Dor­gan and CEO of Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Ser­vices Au­drey Houli­han.

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