Specialist Palliative Care

Specialist Palliative Care

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. (World Health Organisation, 2002)

Marymount University Hospice.

Marymount University Hospice is the designated specialist palliative care centre for Cork city and county and provides a closely integrated programme of care delivered across a range of hospital and community-based settings. The service is closely allied to the specialist palliative care services based at Kerry General Hospital, Tralee. The new facility at Curraheen on the western side of Cork city was opened in 2011. Staffed by a full interdisciplinary team of highly trained professionals, our hospice service is home to a 44 bed inpatient unit, a day hospice, out-patient department and community-based programme. Marymount University Hospice supports a dedicated specialist palliative care service in all of the acute hospitals across the region.

The service is designed to offer appropriate support to patients with progressive disease and their families. Working in close liaison with the established medical services in hospitals and in the community, the hospice strives to meet the most complex needs of patients in the setting of their choice. Patients and their families are invited to visit the facility by arrangement to discuss their care options and preferences. We look forward to welcoming you.


For general hospice enquiries please contact:

Main Reception

Tel: (021) 4501201
Email: hospice@marymount.ie