Our community palliative care service is provided by a team of specialist nurses, supported by additional members of the interdisciplinary team, who work closely with the patient’s primary healthcare team (GP and Public Health Nurse) and acute hospital team. We provide advice around complex symptom management to those patients who are at home or living within other care settings within the community (for example community hospitals and nursing homes).
Our goal is to complement and support the role of the patient’s primary healthcare team with our specialist knowledge and expertise for those patients who choose to be cared for at home.
Our community team spans across Cork City and County with a satellite service based out of Bantry General Hospital.
Referrals to the service can be made by a patient’s GP or hospital consultant.
If you are a patient or family/care giver and feel that you or a loved one would benefit from specialist palliative care services, please discuss this with your GP or hospital consultant to determine if this would be appropriate.
Please follow up with a phone call to confirm receipt of same to the Community Palliative Care Team on 021-4390830.
One of our specialist nurses will arrange to meet with the patient and their family. Based on needs, this may be a visit to their home or place of residence or by appointment at our outpatient department at Marymount hospice. This offers choice and flexibility.
At this review, the specialist nurse will take a detailed record of the patient’s medical history and current circumstances regarding their illness. This will include a thorough assessment of how the patient is feeling, integrating the physical, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of their needs. A plan of care will be formulated based on their individual requirements. Post consultation, the nurse will liaise with the interdisciplinary team and the patient‘s GP to discuss the patients care and offer advice and support. This may include referral to certain services available within the hospice through our community-based programme. Appropriate follow- up will be agreed between relevant parties and patient/family.
It is not unusual for patient to be discharged from hospice services in the community if their condition stabilises or if it is deemed appropriately that they no longer has specialist palliative care needs at that moment in time.
Additionally, as the patients’ needs change, they may be introduced to different parts of our specialist palliative care service where their needs will be best met.
Our community palliative team are available from 08.30-17.00, 7 days a week. Our home visits are offered routinely Monday to Friday, with a limited service at weekends and on public holidays.
The out-patient clinics are held by appointment only,
Outside of these hours we provide telephone advisory service only from 17.00-08.30.
To contact our team please Tel: (021) 4501201
For further information please contact:
Ms Kate Hyde/Ms Caroline O’ Leary
Community Palliative Care Coordinators
Tel: (021) 4501201