Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Ceisteanna (220)

James Browne

Ceist:

220. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the availability of palliative care here by LHOs in tabular form; the recommended locations for palliative care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40645/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

At present, there are 214 specialist palliative care or hospice beds in 10 locations nationwide, as set out in the following table. 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 and to preparing three new inpatient units in Mayo, Waterford and Wicklow for opening in 2020. These developments will increase the number of hospice beds by 55.

A further three units are proposed 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.

All HSE areas have Community Specialist Palliative Home Care Teams, while palliative care is also provided in 38 acute hospitals and through support beds in locations across the country.

I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy on the provision of palliative care by LHO as soon as possible.