Take a bow, Wicklow: After 11 years, millions of euro and countless volunteer hours, hospice finally opens its doors
Take a bow, Wicklow.
After 11 years, millions of euro raised and countless volunteer hours, Wicklow Hospice opened its doors for the first time on Friday, January 24.
Chair of Wicklow Hospice Foundation, Sean Dorgan, clinical nurse manager Sarah James and Chief Executive of Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services Audrey Houlihan celebrating the official opening of Wicklow Hospice. Pic : Conor McCabe Photography
Main picture: Chris de Burgh with his wife Diane and Chief Executive of Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services Audrey Houlihan. Pic: Conor McCabe Photography
“This is an important milestone for the people of Wicklow and another positive step for palliative care in Ireland,” Chief Executive of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services (OLH&CS), Audrey Houlihan said.
“This development will transform patients and families’ quality of life and meet the changing care needs of this and future generations in the local community.
“Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services celebrated its 140th anniversary last year and is delighted to welcome Wicklow Hospice to its family, alongside Harold’s Cross Hospice and Blackrock Hospice.”
Bill Porter with General candidates Valerie Cox and John Brady TD
Minister for Health Simon Harris officially cut the ribbon on what will be the first specialist palliative care facility in the county, providing 15 public beds for those with life-limiting conditions.
Wicklow Hospice’s 15 in-patient public beds and specialist Community Palliative Care team will provide care for patients and families across the county (excluding West Wicklow, which comes under St Brigid’s Hospice in Kildare) when it opens to patients in April this year.
“This is a truly wonderful achievement by the people of Wicklow,” Chair of Wicklow Hospice Foundation, Sean Dorgan said.
Minister for Health Simon Harris and Chief Executive of Our Lady’s Hospice Audrey Houlihan. Pic: Conor McCabe Photography
“We are humbled by the efforts of groups and individuals from around the county who have come together to realise this dream to construct a state-of-the-art specialist palliative care facility for the people of the county.”
Speaking after the opening, general election candidate for Sinn Féin John Brady said: “I have to commend the Committee and team of volunteers that worked for 11 years to make this dream a reality.
“It is the first hospice for Wicklow, which has 15 in-patient public beds and will provide specialist palliative care for the county.”
Recruitment for positions at Wicklow Hospice will commence in the coming weeks and applications will be invited for a range of roles and will be published on www.olh.ie and on OLH&CS social media channels.
Members of the public are invited to public open days on January 25 and 26 with guided tours taking place between 11am-3pm.
All are welcome.