Keep the social work position Saint Brigid's Hospice The Curragh.

Keep the social work position Saint Brigid's Hospice The Curragh.

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Cllr Thomas Redmond started this petition to Minister Simon Harris (Minister of Health)

In St Brigids Hospice:
Teresa O’Doherty, ably assisted by Dr. Rosaleen Corcoran, initiated the hospice movement in Kildare/West Wicklow. Teresa was inspired by Dr. Mary Redmond, founder of the Irish Hospice Foundation. She and Dr. Rosaleen Corcoran, Programme Manager of the then Eastern Health Board, planned to provide palliative care for the community of Kildare and West Wicklow.1990
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Due to the budget overrun with the children’s hospital, you may not know the HSE are cutting funding for services.
This has impacted staffing at St Brigid’s Hospice as the HSE are terminating the social work post in St Brigid’s Hospice.
The post is a new post, that has been in place since November 2018 and provides a valuable resource to inpatient and community clients and their families throughout Kildare/West Wicklow.

The post also facilitates 2 bereavement support groups to bereaved adults and children in the hospice setting. The HSE are insisting on terminating our service asap, as in next week. This will leave all of our clients and the service with no social work support.
The Hospice is run as a joint venture between the HSE and Friends of St Brigid’s Hospice.
In fact the people of Kildare/West Wicklow have financially contributed to this service over the years with extensive fundraising.
1)What do they do? They offer a social work service to all inpatients and their families / loved ones who wish to avail of our support.
2) They help them with adjusting to loss, bereavement, future planning, preparing for death, financial issues, adjusting to changing family roles and relationships and aftercare.
3) They work as a core part of the multidisciplinary team helping to improve patients quality of life. 4) The newly established bereavement support group for adults is for people whose loved ones have died in the hospice.
5) 1:1 age-appropriate emotional support is also offered to children whose parents are patients in the hospice.

The community palliative team:
1) they complete in-depth psychosocial assessments with all clients and support them with the above .

2. They do all of the above and advocate for the provision of community supports and home care if needed.
They have worked within the region of 100 people since November. This is made up of patients and their families.

 

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