Civic Reception for Kerry Hospice

Released: 18 June 2007

Honouring the efforts of the Kerry Hospice Foundation in helping to provide palliative care to cancer patients and those suffering from long-term medical conditions, Kerry County Council paid tribute to the Hospice at a civic reception in Áras an Chontae on Monday, June 18.

With the first phase of the €3.8m Palliative Care Unit opened on the grounds of Kerry General Hospital in April, the fundraising work of the Hospice has seen them raise €3m of this total.

This unit contains a range of day care facilities, including a rehabilitation suite containing physiotherapy and occupational therapy units, as well as dayrooms which allow for the treatment of patients, medical procedures, and the administration of drugs, as well as respite for their families.

The centre will also be used to provide counselling, complementary, and alternative therapies, as well as hairdressing and beauty treatment.

Formed in 1990, the first fundraising effort saw £12,600 raised. Today, the Hospice contributes €100,000 a year for the care of cancer patients, relying on the goodwill of the public in their fundraising efforts.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Ted Fitzgerald paid tribute to the huge commitment of those involved in the Hospice, and pointed to their dedication in bringing the Palliative Care Unit from drawing board to reality.

“The efforts of voluntary groups around the county are a credit to those involved,” he stated.

“We are here today to pay tribute to the Kerry Hospice Foundation, but in Kerry there are a number of similar organisations whose work serves to ease the burden on patients their families.

“It is not just cancer patients who will benefit from the Palliative Care Unit. Other patients with long-term illnesses are also using the services of the Unit and hopefully benefiting from it.”

County Manager, Tom Curran also praised the efforts of the Kerry Hospice Foundation, pointing that their fundraising has helped to ease the burden on hundreds of families who were looking after family members at home.

“Not only will the Palliative Care Unit provide day-care facilities, it will also serve as the base for home care nurses who provide care for almost 400 patients on an annual basis, providing assistance for patients and families.

“They have also provided funding for dedicated hospice beds and associated equipment in District Hospitals around the county, allowing patients and their families to receive treatment closer to home.”

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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