Browne calls for hospice bed at St John's Hospital
COUNTY Cllr James Browne is calling for a hospice bed to be provided in St John's Hospital in Enniscorthy.
St. John's Hospital is a modern hospital that is providing vital services for a very large hinterland. It has all the necessary facilities to provide a hospice bed including a pharmacy, trained and experienced nurses, an onsite doctor and a family room. It only needs the approval from the HSE for a bed.
'While terminally patients should be facilitated in remaining in their home this is not always possible. The provision of a hospice bed would allow a terminally ill patient dignity and comfort in their final moments under specialist palliative care teams where it is not possible for the patient to remain at home.
'While costs should not be a priority there is also a financial savings argument for providing inpatient palliative care. The lack of an inpatient unit in an area often means that for a patient whose symptoms cannot be managed at home, the only option is admission to an acute hospital, such as Wexford General Hospital.
'However, research demonstrates that the costs to the State are up to twice as much when palliative care is provided in an acute hospital when compared to other, more appropriate, places of care.'
Cllr Browne said he raised the matter with senior HSE staff at a meeting with in Kilkenny last and was assured that the matter was being advanced.