The Donegal Hospice has welcomed new staff members to expand palliative care services and supports for Donegal and beyond.
Six new staff were recently appointed to a variety of roles at the hospice.
Grace Boyle Chairperson Donegal Hospice CLG said: “The mission statement of Donegal Hospice is: to provide comprehensive physical, emotional and spiritual care for individuals and families promoting the highest quality of living during life-limiting illness and bereavement. It is not just about the individual, nor is it just about medical intervention but is about identifying what is appropriate in each individual case and providing a range of support services that are relevant to that person and their individual circumstances.
“To deliver these services requires the contributions of a wide range of dedicated people are invaluable, this team comprises of medical staff; nursing staff; support services and volunteers, all of whom make up the staff of Donegal Hospice. I am pleased to be able to welcome the following additions to the Hospice team:
- Social worker Eloise Devanney
- Consultants Dr Jessica Sui and Dr Averil Fountain
- Occupational Therapist Andrea McFeely
- Director of Nursing Catherine Regan
- Physiotherapist Danielle Gavaghan
“With this enhanced team and the support of the local community we can look forward to the continued development of a comprehensive approach to the provision of palliative care services to the people of Donegal for 2022 and beyond.”
Ms Boyle also took the opportunity to express thanks and gratitude to the people of Donegal and surrounding areas for their continued support to Donegal Hospice.
“Even in these most difficult and challenging times we continue to feel the support from our community which has always been at the heart of our hospice.
“The idea of a Donegal Hospice stemmed from the enthusiasm of a small group of local people back in 1988, who undertook the project of voluntarily raising funds for the first Home Care Nurse in Donegal. From those early beginnings, support from the local community has remained central to the continuing development and operation of palliative care services within Donegal.”
Donegal Hospice palliative care services have been in operation since 2003.
The Donegal Hospice service compromises of a dedicated eight-bed in-patient unit based in Knocknamona in Letterkenny. In 2020, Donegal palliative care provided specialist support to more than 3,915 people in their homes. In addition, 149 patients were admitted to its inpatient units for symptom management and end-of-life care.
Ms Boyle would like to wish the community and all families a peaceful Christmas and a happy new year.Tags: