Waterford Hospice is delighted to announce that the HSE has confirmed a start date for the development of the long-awaited 5-storey regional palliative care unit on the grounds of University Hospital Waterford (UHW). Contractors have now been appointed and the building is expected to commence after the Easter holidays.
Talking to Maria McCann on WLRFM’s DEISE TODAY, Danette Connolly, Chairperson, Waterford Hospice Movement, said, “this is a double win for the people of the south east - not only are we getting a new regional palliative care unit, but also additional services and accommodation for patients.”
Claire Tully, Director of Nursing at UHW added, “The palliative care unit and the Waterford Hospice Home Care team will occupy the first 2 floors with the top 3 floors being used by UHW. These will consist of 24 single rooms to replace existing accommodation in the hospital, allowing for a greater degree of privacy and dignity and providing a much more pleasant environment for patients and relatives.”
Costing a total of €26 million, Waterford Hospice has agreed to commit €6 million to the overall project - €4 million of which has already been raised, thanks to the generosity of the people of Waterford city & county and South Kilkenny.
It is hoped that the remaining €2 million will be achieved over the next 2 years, along with the annual €400,000 needed to run the Waterford Hospice Home Care service, through a number of fundraising initiatives.
Speaking to Waterford Today yesterday Danette Connolly said when the 5 storey unit was up and running it would be operated by the HSE but that the Homecare Service would still be operated by their staff.
At any one time they would have up to 100 people on their books and they worked from Waterford city, South Kilkenny and as far down as the Bridge in Youghal taking in the whole of County Waterford.
She described the Clinical Nurses they employed as absolutely brilliant and they provided end of life palliative care as well as chronic illness care such as MS. All the board worked in a voluntary capacity and they enjoyed the full support of the whole community.