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Community Palliative Care

The Community Palliative Care Team.

The Galway Hospice Community Palliative Care Service has been operational since 1990.

  • The service provides information, advice and support to patients and their families in the Community Setting. Supports that are available include impeccable assessment and management of symptoms related to a life limited illness, such as pain, and other physical, psycho-social and End of Life Care. Our aim is to control symptoms associated with advanced cancer and other life-limiting conditions, and as a result quality of life can be improved. We work in collaboration with the patients General Practitioners and other Community Healthcare Professionals.
  • This service is provided to the people of Galway City and County and also patients that reside on the Islands off the coast of Galway.
  • The service is partly funded by the HSE and also by voluntary donations to Galway Hospice Foundation, through bequests, gifts, fundraising events and the Hospice Weekly Draw.


Referrals are accepted for patients of any age in the advanced stages of cancer or other life-limited illness such as Neurological, Cardiac, Respiratory or those suffering from advanced Dementia. Referrals are for symptom management, for example pain control or nausea and vomiting, and also for psychological support, respite and end of life care. Referrals are accepted from a Medical Practitioner or Hospital Consultant.

Referrals to the service are reviewed on a continual basis. Our aim is to make contact with new patients/family members by phone 24-72 hours within receipt of a referral from either the GP or the Hospital. As we receive a large number of referrals, visits are allocated according to patient needs and are reviewed on a daily basis. The first visit is organized with the patient and a Clinical Nurse Specialist or at times depending on availability a doctor will do the visit and first assessment. From this assessment a care plan is put in place for patient. Patients/families are advised to contact their GP if their circumstances changes prior to Community Palliative Care initial contact.

Patients known to the Community Palliative Care team are eligible for admission to the Hospice Inpatient Unit for periods of assessment and management of physical symptoms, psychological support, respite and end of life care. The Community palliative Care team can also provide follow up Bereavement Support.


As well as the Clinical focus and patient care, Clinical Nurse Specialists in Palliative care also are very involved in Research and Education. The Community Palliative Care team are a Specialist palliative care resource for other nursing colleagues in the community, in Nursing Homes and Long Term Care Facilities. Study Days relating to Palliative care are routinely scheduled in the Galway Hospice Foundation, the center for specialist Palliative Care in the West of Ireland.

“We would like to let you know that we got great support from the Community Palliative Care Team and Day Care teams. Without this support our mother would not have been able to live at home with us for so long.” – Family of Hospice Patient.


One of the key aims of our service is collaboration with the Primary Care team and the hospital-based Palliative Care Team. Clear and timely communication between all Healthcare professionals is especially important in ensuring care that is in the best interests of the patient. The Community Palliative Care team is available for consultation to both the Primary Care team and the hospital-based Teams at all times.

Community Palliative Care:

Information and referrals for the Community Palliative Care team can be faxed directly to (091) 770806