This will include building a new, two-storey, 34-bed Hospice linked to the existing buildings. There will be single rooms for all patients, four overnight rooms for families wishing to stay, two patient day rooms, a new Reception area, therapeutic garden, additional car-parking and other ancillary facilities. The Hospice has been designed in a way that will allow for the addition of a further 4 rooms, if required in the future.
The new hospice will provide enhanced services for patients with advanced life-limiting illness, through specialist palliative care assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, respite care, as well as end-of-life care and will support those being cared for at home by our Community Services team.
The single room configuration, a change from the current mix of single and multi-occupancy wards, will address issues of patient respect and dignity and infection prevention and control. It will also provide family members with greater privacy when they visit
Why is it necessary?
There is an increasing demand for palliative care services due to overall population growth and an increasing number of older people, leading to more people being affected by life-limiting illness and a continued need to provide appropriate palliative care to all, based on need and not diagnosis.
It will provide increased access for all patients with neurological, heart and lung conditions, as well as continuing to care for those with a cancer diagnosis.
It is anticipated that the contractor will move on site in November 2016 and the target completion date is December 2017 – 40 years after the first palliative beds were opened by the Little Company of Mary in their Nursing Home.
Funding the Project
This major undertaking for the Centre will cost in the region of €11m of which €7m has been committed to date. Milford is rolling out a number of fundraising initiatives to raise the balance over a four-year period.
Updated 6th October 2016