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Building work to begin on hospice in Waterford

Author: Mary Ellen Breen
20 January 2016
  • Artists impression of the new specialist palliative care unit in Waterford.

The planned Regional Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Waterford has been confirmed by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin and construction is due to begin this year.

Waterford Hospice, in conjunction with the Health Service Executive (HSE) have been working together for many years to have this vital piece of health infrastructure delivered to the people of the south-east.

The new state of the art 20-bed Regional Specialist Inpatient Unit & Day Service in Palliative Medicine, will be located at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and will act as a focal point for delivery of specialist palliative care, inpatient day services and community services to patients and their families.

Construction is scheduled to commence this year, with completion expected in the last quarter of 2018.

When completed, the unit will be accommodated on the first two floors of an overall five story integrated development at UHW. The ground floor will accommodate 20 single inpatient rooms and ancillary accommodation. The second floor will accommodate a day care unit, the home care team, Waterford Hospice offices, consultation rooms, treatment rooms, therapy area, dining area and ancillary accommodation.

Danette Connolly, Chairperson, Waterford Hospice said, “We are deeply indebted to the generosity of people in the south-east, for the support and encouragement we have received, and we very much look forward to this continued support as we enter this exciting stage in the development of the new building."

If you would like to help us raise the final €2M, you can donate online at www.waterfordhospice.ie or alternatively, you can donate €4 now by texting the word ‘HOSPICE’ to 50300.  

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