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About Us


Who are we?

Waterford Hospice Movement CLG. was established in 1988 to provide a Hospice Homecare - Palliative Care service to the people of Waterford City, County and South Kilkenny. A registered charity (8998), Waterford Hospice operates from an office located in the grounds of University Hospital Waterford (UHW).


What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is an approach that improves quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-limiting illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. The specialist palliative care team works in partnership with other clinical staff in the community including GPs, Public Health Nurses, Occupational Therapy and Complimentary Therapy Staff.


Management

All Board members give their time voluntarily and receive no salary. They are tasked with the overall care, development and promotion of the hospice. Based at UHW, the Administration Manager oversees the day to day running of all non-medical matters.


Finance

The annual running costs for the Home Care Service are in the region of €700,000. This is funded by the HSE grant of €280,000 per year, leaving a total of approximately €400K to be fund-raised to maintain the current level of service.

Waterford Hospice has pledged to raise €6 million towards the building of the new South East Palliative Care Unit. Despite this being a huge challenge, Waterford Hospice is optimistic that the target can be reached, based on past experience of the generosity of the people of the South East and the enthusiasm of the volunteers.


Hospice Home Care Team

The Hospice Home Care Team provides care of patients in their own home, community hospitals and nursing homes by the Specialist Palliative Care - Home Care Team, under the guidance of our full-time Nurse Manager. Other services include:

  • Complimentary Therapies, when deemed suitable, by independent, fully qualified practitioners.
  • Specialist equipment as appropriate to specialist palliative care clinical needs.
  • Support for families at a very difficult time in their lives, and liaison with the HSE Palliative Care Services.
  • Bereavement Support.

South East Palliative Care Unit

Waterford Hospice, in conjunction with the Health Service Executive has been working for many years to have this vital place of health infrastructure delivered to the people of the South East.

The new state of art 20-bed South East Palliative Care Unit, will be located at the University Hospital Waterford and will act as a focal point for the delivery of specialist palliative care, inpatient, day services and community services, to patients and their families. Construction is scheduled to commence in 2017, with completion expected in the last quarter of 2018.

Of the €6 million pledged by Waterford Hospice towards the building costs, €4 million has been raised to date.


How can you help us raise the final €2 million?

  • Make an online donation via the Waterford Hospice website www.waterfordhospice.ie
  • Make a donation by cash/cheque via office/bank
  • Create a fundraising page via my charity.ie
  • Organise a fundraising event (please notify Waterford Hospice in advance)
  • Organise your work colleagues to donate €2 per week from their pay
  • Remember Waterford Hospice by leaving a gift in your will

OR

Donate €4 now by texting the word ‘HOSPICE’ to 50300

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