Taoiseach officially reopens Blackrock HospicePadraig Conlon 13 Apr 2023
TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar recently officially reopened Blackrock Hospice after a €7 million refurbishment project.
Blackrock Hospice is part of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Ireland’s largest provider of palliative care, which serves a catchment area of a million people from its bases in Harold’s Cross (1879), Blackrock (2003) and Wicklow (2020).
Having first opened in 2003, this refurbishment of Blackrock Hospice was vital to ensure that it can continue to meet the need of the community now and in the future.
Many of the renovations and design features which took place during the 13 month works, were informed by significant research conducted by OLH&CS in advance of a series of recent capital investments across its sites and services.
The renovation would not have been possible without the generosity of the public and businesses who have donated more than €5.58 million.
The catchment area for Blackrock Hospice has the oldest age profile nationally and demand for its services continues to grow.
Inpatient admissions increased by 25% between 2007 and 2019, and community palliative care saw an increase of 96% patients cared for between 2007 (248) and 2019 (487).
Speaking at the event on Friday, March 31, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said; “It is a pleasure to join patients and staff at Blackrock Hospice today, marking the official reopening of this wonderful facility.
“As life expectancy increases and people enjoy longer lives, palliative care, and the way it is given, is changing. I am impressed with the physical renovations carried out as part of the refurbishment works at Blackrock Hospice, and also by the way Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services continues to develop and evolve their service to care for people in their homes, and as outpatients.
“It’s clear that they take a holistic approach to the needs of patients, which is of great benefit to them and their families.”
Also speaking at the event, An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Cllr Mary Hanafin said: “It is very exciting to see the completion of the refurbishment of Blackrock Hospice and the continuation of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services’ care in our community.
“This refurbishment of the 12 rooms and enhancements to outpatients’ services and the gardens will make a great difference to the patients and families who are cared for on site at the Sweetman’s Avenue facility and across the community by the Community Palliative Care Team.”
CEO of our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Audrey Houlihan said; “We are delighted to welcome An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to Blackrock Hospice today.
“This is the final part of a multi-stage capital development project for OLH&CS and he was also with us for the first stage, when we opened our new palliative care facility in Harold’s Cross in 2018.
“I would like to acknowledge the support of the Government, the HSE and the councillors local to Blackrock Hospice, to OLH&CS, and to also pay tribute to the ongoing generous support we receive from the public.
“Our fundraising efforts are still very much continuing as we need to raise just over €660,498 towards the final costs of the project.
Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services has a number of vacancies across its three sites.
Details of vacancies and its current fundraising initiatives are available at www.olh.ie