Our History

The clinical services at North West Hospice have been to the forefront of palliative care in Ireland since 1986. At that time we were the only specialist palliative care service in the State providing services which are integrated across acute, community and hospice. We were the first to provide community palliative care on a 7-day week basis and, in 1998, we opened our specialist In-Patient care facility in Sligo.

In 1986, Claire Campbell, a social worker in the North West of Ireland, identified the need for specialist care to support people with cancer and their families. She set up a number of volunteer support groups in the community and North West Hospice service was founded. Over time, the need for this specialist approach, called palliative care, increased.