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Galway University Hospital respecting diversity of cultures, beliefs and values at end of life

Author: Grainne Killilea
14 September 2017

Respecting diversity of cultures, beliefs and values at End of Life - Galway University Hospitals launch Bereavement & Post Mortem Information Booklets in Polish.

The End of life Care Committee at Galway University Hospitals launched on Wednesday, 06 September the translation of their Bereavement & Post Mortem Information Booklets in Polish. 

Ger Kilkelly, Patient Advice Liaison Service (PALS)/ End of Life Care Committee said, “The booklets have been available in English for some time but in response to the growing diversity of families who have bereavements at the hospital, we looked at translating the booklets.  The most commonly used interpreting service for GUH is Polish so this was the obvious language to start with. We hope that in the future with the continued support of hospital management we will translate the booklets into other commonly used languages. Even though we have the service of accredited interpreters we realised that there was a need for written information that the family can refer to in the weeks and months following a death.”

Chris Kane, General Manager, University Hospital Galway said, “Providing information and support to families and carers following a death and during the grieving process is very important. It is a very emotional and stressful time overall and particularly difficult for relatives who are in a foreign country and the challenges they face with respect to language barriers. We hope that the booklet will help bereaved families with the practicalities of dealing with a death in what is a very sad and difficult time.”

Anne McKeown, Bereavement Liaison Officer/ End of Life Care Committee,  Galway University Hospitals said, “The End of Life Committee promote quality end of life care for both the Patient and family. Today we saw the launch of another development initiative of the End of Life Committee.  I would like to thank Hospital Management for their continuous support of the Committee.  I would also like to acknowledge the leadership of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme (an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation in partnership with the HSE) and thank them for their support throughout the years and of course for the bursary towards today’s launch.”

To coincide with the launch of the booklets a study day was held for Clinical Nurse Managers titled –End of life care for our patients –respecting diversity of culture, beliefs and values. Ms Cathy Quinn Nurse Consultant in Bereavement Care and Ms Ann Callanan Counsellor /Therapist with Employee Assistance and Counselling Services at Galway University Hospital facilitated the day. 

During the course of the day a  Schwartz Round was included where staff members reflected and shared their experiences. 
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