New unit at St Luke’s set to open for palliative care patients

St Luke's Hospital
A NEW six-bed palliative care unit is to open shortly in St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny.

A NEW six-bed palliative care unit is to open shortly in St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny.

Palliative care patients in Kilkenny and Carlow, and their families, will benefit from the facility which is set to open within weeks.

The Susie Long Hospice Fund (SLHF) will cover the costs of specialist beds and mattresses in the six-bed unit to an approximate value of €50,000. An overnight family room for relatives of palliative care patients will also be provided. The SLHF will pay for the conversion of this space, which will provide a kitchen, lounge and sleeping facilities.

Management at St Luke’s are committed to providing a 12-bed satellite in patient palliative care unit (hospice) in the development of Phase 2 of the hospital. The SLHF will contribute to the cost of the design of this building and has been invited to join the design team. However, while we await the completion of this project, hospital rooms will be upgraded to accommodate these specialist beds in the coming weeks.

Commenting on the development, Clinical Director at St Luke’s Hospital Dr Garry Courtney said: “This unit will be of a huge benefit to palliative care patients.”

Chairman of the SLHF Tommy Roche also welcomed the move which he described as “an exciting step forward” for palliative care patients. “The Susie Long Hospice Fund is delighted to be able to fund the new facility. It will ensure a better experience for palliative care patients and their families from Kilkenny and Carlow.”

He added: “The Susie Long Hospice Fund continues to work closely with management at St Luke’s to ensure the 12-bed in patient palliative care unit (hospice) proceeds as soon as possible. We have an excellent working relationship with the hospital management and we look forward to seeing this project come to fruition.”

The new facility will include four single rooms and one double room. The SLHF is covering the costs of upgrading the rooms and has also agreed to consider any further requests for specialist equipment or items on a case by case basis.

The Susie Long Hospice Fund (SLHF) was set up in October 2007 to provide the highest possible quality of end-of-life care for patients and their families through the establishment of a 12-bed hospice in Kilkenny, for the people of Kilkenny and Carlow. The Fund is meeting this challenge through fundraising, increasing awareness of the need and benefits of local hospice care and by lobbying Government for support. Donations can be made directly to the fund at AIB, High St, Kilkenny, Account No: 3462705, Sort code: 93-31-98. The Susie Long Hospice Fund is a registered charity, number CHY17950. Further details from www.susielonghospice.com