Referral to Palliative Care

Who Can Avail Of Our Services?

Our palliative care service is available to those living with a life-limiting illness in Sligo, Leitrim, south Donegal and west Cavan, wherever they are residing.
This can be their own home, Nursing Home, Hospital or our hospice In-Patient Unit.
A life-limiting illness includes people with a whole variety of illnesses including, heart failure, lung disease, cancer and  renal failure.  If you think palliative care may be appropriate for you, discuss this with your GP.

How Do I Get Palliative Care?

In order to receive palliative care you need a referral from the doctor who is in charge of your care.  In the hospital this will be your consultant and in the community this will be your GP.

What Does A Visit From The Palliative Care Team Involve?

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 you and your GP or consultant. 
If you are in the hospital you will then have regular follow-ups by our Hospital Palliative Care Team. When you are discharged, you will be referred to our Community Palliative Care Team, if required.

In the community patients will be followed up by Specialist Palliative Care Nurses assigned to your area. They will liaise with your GP. 
If your condition stabilises or your health improves you may be discharged from our service.

Information For GPs

Please find a North west Hospice Referral Form here.
 All referrals should be faxed to (071) 9119566

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.”