Hospice Unit FAQ

The services of the Unit are available to patients with specialist palliative care needs living in the Mid-West region.

Referral to the unit is made through your GP or Hospital Consultant or through our Specialist Palliative Care Day Unit or Community Services.  Application is made by referral forms which are available from your GP, hospital or directly from Milford. Patients are admitted to the unit based on an overall assessment of their needs (e.g. medical needs, social circumstances, support required, etc.).

No.  Admission to the Unit is free.  There is no charge to patients for any of the Specialist Palliative Care services provided by Milford Care Centre.  The services are funded by the HSE and through generous support of the community to our Fundraising Department.  The Unit is approved for Private Health Insurance (see Private Health Insurance Leaflet 2022), if relevant.

No, it can also include people with heart, lung, liver or kidney conditions or illnesses such as Motor Neurone Disease.

The service assesses all referred patients on a basis of specialist palliative care need.

The average length of stay in the Unit is 13 days.  Many people find that a relatively short period of in-patient care makes a real difference to how they are feeling and enables them to return home feeling more comfortable.

However, we are not a permanent alternative to care in your own home, a care home or nursing home.  If your symptoms have been resolved but it would be difficult for you to go back to you own home, then we will help you and your family to look at and find other places where your care can be continued.

Not at present due to COVID-19 as this could pose a risk to you, other patients on your return and our staff.

We regret having to introduce this restriction though we are sure that you can understand the reason for it.

Thank you for your co-operation

If you need to go to a hospital appointment and do not have a family member or friend that can accompany you, we can arrange transport and someone to go with you, if that is what you would like.

As visiting is restricted due to COVID-19 please see banner on the Home page for the latest information on visiting arrangements.

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Although we do have overnight rooms these will only be available on an exceptional basis due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Please speak to the Unit Manager should you feel your situation is exceptional.

A list of Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the immediate area is available on request.

You should bring your slippers, dressing gown, night clothes, day clothes, personal toiletry items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.  If possible, arrangements should be made to launder your personal clothing at home.  However, if this is not possible, laundry services in Milford can be availed of, but all clothing should be clearly marked.

Whenever possible, we ask that you leave your valuables at home.  We cannot accept liability for any loss or damage to your personal property unless it has been handed over for safekeeping.

Yes.  Please bring all your medicines with you and anything that you have bought over the counter that you are currently taking such as inhalers, eye drops, creams and herbal or vitamin preparations.  If you forget your medicines this is not a problem but it would be helpful if you could give permission for a friend or relative to collect them and bring them in.  One of the nurses or pharmacy staff will check through your medicines with you so we know what you are taking.  It helps us if you can keep your medicines in their original containers and make sure we know about everything you are taking.

Wherever possible we will continue to use your own medicines.  They will still belong to you, so we will ask your permission to do so.  We will advise you to dispose of any medicines that are:

  • No longer used for your treatment
  • Out of date or may not have been stored properly
  • Are not clearly identifiable

Your medicines will be locked in your bedside cabinet and one of our in-patient nurses will give you your medicines from this locker.  Medicines that you do not have with you, or that have been prescribed during your stay, will be supplied by our pharmacy.  When you go home a fresh supply of medicines will be given to last you a few days.  If you would like to take your own medicines back home, please talk to one of the in-patient nurses or pharmacy team.

If you are planning to go out for the day, or for a couple of days, please talk to one of the in-patient nurses or pharmacy team in advance so they can make sure you have the medicines you need.  It’s helpful if you bring these back with you when you return to the Unit.

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