Admissions or referrals to the specialist inpatient unit may be proposed for a number of reasons. Patients who are admitted will ordinarily have progressive incurable disease, complex symptom control or psychosocial and spiritual needs that cannot be readily managed at home or in their current place of care.
Length of stay within the hospice varies from patient to patient. Our in-patient unit is not a long-stay facility. It is not unusual for patients to be discharged home following alleviation of symptoms. Sometimes patients still need nursing care, but not the high level of specialist care that the hospice provides. In these circumstances, in consultation with the patient and his/her family, alternative places of care will be explored that will suitably meet these care needs.
For patients at home:
For patients in another hospital:
Referrers are encouraged to discuss any queries about the appropriateness of a request for admission to the hospice.
Patients and families are welcome to visit the inpatient unit when considering admission. This can be arranged by appointment. Please contact:
Ms Ger Farrell
Assistant Director of Nursing for Palliative Care
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (021) 4869100