“You matter because you’re you, and you matter to the end of your life” - Dame Cicely Saunders
There is an Inpatient Unit in both hospice locations. St. Anne's Inpatient Unit, Raheny Hospice was opened in 1995 and can accommodate 19 patients, some in single rooms and others in shared rooms. In addition to the patients' bedrooms the unit includes a Jacuzzi bathroom, sitting areas and conservatories with access to the gardens. Blanchardstown Hospice Inpatient Unit was opened in 2014 and can accommodate 24 patients in single rooms, each with en-suite facilities. Some family accommodation is available in both sites. Wi-Fi is available in both sites.
There are a number of reasons that people may be admitted to one of our Inpatient Units, for example, pain and symptom control or specialised care in the final stages of your illness.
The services of the Inpatient Units are available to people who live in north Dublin City or County. Referral to the unit is made through your GP, hospital palliative care team, the St. Francis Hospice Community Palliative Care team, or the Hospice Day Care team. We also accept referrals from Meath, Louth and Kildare community palliative care teams. Application is made by referral forms which are available from the GP, hospital, the hospice or can be downloaded here.
Please note that referral from your GP or consultant is needed.
Members of the team you may meet during your admission include nurses, care assistants, doctors, chaplains, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, trained volunteers, and members of household and administration staff. This multidisciplinary team works closely together to provide care that is holistic and designed to meet your needs. We would like you to be involved in all decisions regarding your care. Family members are welcome to take an active part in caring for their relative/significant other if they wish.
You should bring along all medicines or dressings prescribed by your own doctor and give them to the nursing staff on your arrival. Please feel free to bring in personal items such as photographs which may make you feel more at home. We advise that you leave your valuables at home. We cannot accept liability for any loss or damage to your personal property unless it has been handed over for safekeeping. You should also bring:
Family and friends may visit any time as there is no restriction to visiting hours. However, we would ask that you respect the privacy of other patients, especially in the shared bedrooms, and try to limit the number of your visitors to 2 or 3 at any one time. There are also some communal sitting areas available for visits with family and friends. Children are welcome to visit and to use the play area provided, as long as they are supervised by an adult at all times. In most cases your pets are welcome to visit, too; please speak to your nursing or care staff to make arrangements for this. If you wish to have restricted visiting, please speak to the nursing staff and this can be arranged. On admission, a booklet will be given to you and your family with further information about the inpatient unit.