Hospice & Palliative Care

Hospice & Palliative Care

Marymount University Hospice

Marymount University Hospice provides the specialist palliative care service for Cork City & County

It is a multi-disciplinary service, which strives to meet the needs of patients and their families when illness is at an advanced stage. Palliative Care is available to patients of all ages. Care may be delivered in a variety of settings, these include the In-Patient specialist unit, the Day Care service or at home supported by the Specialist Home Care Service.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

  • Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms.
  • Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.
  • Intends neither to hasten or postpone death.
  • Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care.
  • Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death.
  • Offers a support system to help the families cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement.
  • Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling if indicated.
  • Will enhance quality of life and may also positively influence the course of illness.
  • Is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and management distressing clinical complications.

(World Health Organisation, 2002)

For further information contact;

Marymount University Hospice

Email: hospice@spmm.ie

Tel: (021) 4501201