Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (1798)

Stephen Donnelly

Question:

1798. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of hospices in each local health office area in tabular form. [34078/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

At present, there are 214 specialist palliative care or hospice beds in 11 locations nationwide, as set out in the table below. The number of hospice beds has increased by 44% over the past five years.

CHO

Service

Number of beds

1

North West Hospice, Sligo

8

2

Galway Hospice, Galway

18

3

Milford Care Centre, Limerick

30

4

Marymount Hospice, Cork

44

4

Kerry Hospice, Tralee

15

6

Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services, Blackrock

12

7

Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services, Harold's Cross

36

7

St. Brigid's Hospice, Kildare

8

9

St. Francis' Hospice, Raheny

19

9

St. Francis' Hospice, Blanchardstown

24

Total

214

The HSE’s 2019 National Service Plan commits to the full extension of service at St. Brigid's Hospice, Kildare this year and to opening three new inpatient units in Mayo, Waterford and Wicklow in quarter 4, with the latter three units expected to reach full capacity of 49 additional beds in 2020.

A further three units are planned for development in the coming years, serving people with specialist palliative care needs in the Midlands and Border regions. Once these inpatient units are opened, there will be at least one hospice in every CHO region.