Community Palliative Care

What is the Community Palliative Team?

The palliative care team are a team of Nurses, Doctors and Social Workers who work. We work closely with your GP and Public Health Nurse, who continue to have 0verall medical and nursing responsibility for your care.

What do the Palliative care Team do?

Our Community Palliative Care Team provides advice support and information about your illness. We also provide assessment and management of symptoms you might have e.g. pain, nausea or breathlessness. This assessment may be by phone or in person in your home or place of care. We offer emotional and spiritual support as well as bereavement support with counselling if appropriate.

We can provide practical social support by providing information on matters including welfare benefits and community services `

How our service works.

You must be referred to the Palliative Care Service by a Doctor and your GP must agree for the Palliative Care Team to be involved in your care.

When received the referral will be prioritised depending on the urgency of the referral. Initially we will phone you to arrange a suitable day for our Doctor and Nurse to meet you at home or in your place of care.

At your first visit, we will make an assessment of your symptoms and your needs. We will explain our service and address any questions you might have.

Any recommendations or medication changes will be discussed with your GP who will prescribe any medication required.

You will be followed up by Specialist Palliative Care Nurses assigned to your local area. If your condition stabilises or improves you may be discharged from our service.

You can be re-referred at any time in the future if you need our service again. If you no longer wish to avail of our service, you can choose to be discharged from our service.

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Night Nursing Services.

The Irish Cancer Society provides a Night Nursing Service for cancer patients.

The Irish Hospice Foundation provide a Night Nursing Service for non-cancer patients.

Patients can avail of this service free of charge for up to ten nights.

We can help to arrange this service in conjunction with your Public Health Nurse. Night Nursing Services are dependent on patient need and availability of nurses in the area.

Testimonials

"Thank you for looking after our Mum so well. We won't forget you when we think of Mum, too."

"From the time he was diagnosed as terminal the Northwest Hospice were fantastic in providing support not only to Aidan but to us as a family. From the palliative care team that called on a regular basis to our home to help relieve the agonising pain he suffered with, to the respite facilities he utilised in the hospice itself; the hospice staff always provided an invaluable service. This service was always delivered with a smile, humour when appropriate and most importantly constant caring and professionalism. Our family could not speak highly enough of the North West Hospice Team."

"Just to say thank you so much for being our friend and our support during Seamus's illness. There were days when we felt down and your visit was like a breath of fresh air. So continue your great work. You will always have a place in our hearts"

"Many, many thanks for all you did for Colin. I can honestly say, without your visits and encouragements, he wouldn't have been able to cope with his illness as well as he did."

"There are no words to express our deep appreciation to you for the way you held Gerry and ourselves in the palm of your hand during his last hours with us. May you continue to bring your love, care and attention to many other families."

"Just wanted to say a massive thank you to the staff, they’re an amazing bunch of people who made my dad Christy’s stay so comfortable and happy. All the staff who made even family and friends welcome. You gave my mum the time and comfort to be with him so thank you so much."

“Thank you so much for all the wonderful help and support you gave to my Dad and to my Mother and all of us when Dad was dying. I will never forget your dedication, your love, your generosity, your patience and your kindness. Your work in life is a true vocation. Through your support we were able to keep Dad at home and let him have his wish.”

“I just want to say a very big thank you for your kindness and caring for Mary. What you did was way beyond the call of duty. The way you cared in those last few days of Mary’s life and thought of every little detail was heartwarming to watch. This was my experience of hospice care and all I can say is that your kindness to Mary was unsurpassable.”

“I can never thank you enough for all you did for my mother, and your help and support to us. I could never have come through without you. You were my sanity and life support.” 

“I want to put in writing my deep gratitude to you for helping us with Teresa. You gave her what she so much deserved – time, dignity, and comfort in a very honest way.”