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“ALONE IT STANDS” SPECIAL SHOWING IN AID OF THE IRISH HOSPICE FOUNDATION

Posted on: November 20th, 2013

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED RUGBY PLAY COMES TO THE BARBICAN THEATRE ON 28TH NOVEMBER 

 

Irish Arts UK in association with Verdant Productions has announced that it is bringing the play “Alone It Stands” to London’s Barbican Theatre on November 28th.  This special performance will be in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF).

Tickets for the special showing cost £50 and this award winning play about rugby and life starts at 8pm.  More information on the event is below or simply click here to purchase tickets.

This performance is supported by sponsorship from Patrick Lennon Associates,Kerry London Insurance and Powerday.

Written & Directed by John Breen, this now legendary story is set on 31st October in 1978 when Munster Rugby played the mighty All Blacks in a David v Goliath scenario played out in Thomand Park.  Munster Rugby served up one of the sporting stories of the century when they played like their lives depended on it and beat the All Blacks 12-0.  With mesmeric ensemble playing – 6 actors recreate 62 roles in re-telling this story that inspires and perspires in the same evening!

The IHF will benefit from the special showing.  A national charity in Ireland dedicated to all matters relating to dying, death and bereavement, the IHF is fundraising in the UK for its pioneering Design & Dignity project which aims to improve the physical environment of hospitals for dying patients and their loved ones.

Click Here to read Press Release in full.

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Design & Dignity

Posted on: November 14th, 2013

The aim of the Irish Hospice Foundation is to make the experience of dying as positive as it can be for those dying and for those left behind.

We have partnered with the Health Service Executive (HSE) to work with hospital managers and staff on improving care  for patients at the end of life. We are working to empower hospitals to apply the principles of hospice care for the dying, the deceased and the bereaved.

Our Design & Dignity Project aims to create spaces or privacy and calm for dying patients and their families

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ACTOR GABRIEL BYRNE MAKES IMPASSIONED CASE FOR IMPROVING THE EXPERIENCE OF DYING IN IRISH HOSPITALS

Posted on: November 14th, 2013

Launch of Irish Hospice Foundation Design & Dignity Fund in New York

New York-based Gabriel Byrne has appealed for support for “the simple and transformational changes” taking place in Irish hospitals aimed at making death more bearable for those at end of life and for family and friends left behind. The work is being spearheaded by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), the national charity which is dedicated to all matters related to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland

The award-winning actor, who is also a Patron of the IHF, was launching the charity’s Design and Dignity Fund in the United States at an event in New York  (Tuesday 12 November 2013). The Fund is being used to redesign rooms in Irish hospitals to make them more sympathetic to the needs of people who are dying. The launch  was attended by other high-profile New York-based Irish supporters of the charity, including top-selling author Colum McCann.

The event in the 320 Park* venue was hosted by prominent Irish Americans, Loretta Brennan Glucksman and Tom Moran, President and CEO of Mutual of America.  

Design and Dignity project already making a difference

Gabriel Byrne said that the IHF had recognised that while nearly half of Irish people die in acute hospitals, the clinical culture and physical surroundings often add to the trauma for those at end of life and for their loved ones.  He was speaking from personal experience. “I attended the bedside of a friend who was dying in a Dublin hospital. She lived her last hours in a public ward with a television blaring out a football match, all but drowning our final conversation”, he said.

Click here to read full press release.

Gabriel Byrne with, left, Hannah Beth King, and right, Loretta Brennan Glucksman at the Irish Hospice Foundation event in New York. (Ben Asen Photography)
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Gabriel Byrne with, left, Hannah Beth King, and right, Loretta Brennan Glucksman at the Irish Hospice Foundation event in New York. (Ben Asen Photography)

THE IRISH HOSPICE FOUNDATION SIGNS COLLABORATIVE AGREEMENT WITH HEALTH SERVICE EXECUTIVE

Posted on: November 14th, 2013

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has today (14TH November ) announced that it has signed a Collaborative Agreement with the Health Service Executive (HSE) to cover cooperation on joint projects to improve the palliative and end-of-life care services in Ireland. 

The Agreement  is between the IHF and the Acute Hospitals Division of the HSE and aims to deliver maximum benefits to those accessing palliative care services, avoid unnecessary duplication and maximise opportunities for cross sector working. 

The IHF is currently collaborating with the HSE in the following areas:

  • National End-of-Life Audit and Review System
  • Review of Palliative Care for All
  • Palliative Care Support Bed (Level II bed) review
  • Primary Care
  • Development of Palliative Care Work programme
  • Advance care planning
  • Children’s palliative care
  • Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH)
  • Bereavement
  • Addressing gaps in service provision

Sharon Foley, CEO of the IHF, commented:  “We are delighted to have signed a Collaborative Agreement with the HSE and will work together in the best interests of patients at end of life and their families.  We will establish mechanisms to facilitate regular communications and education.  The signing of this agreement does not affect the IHF’s ability to continue to vigorously advocate with the HSE or the Government for the  improvement of services.”

Areas for potential development over the coming year will include the expansion of the HFH programme into community hospitals as well as the development of palliative care and dementia.

Ian Carter, Director of Acute Hospitals, HSE added “Patients nearing end of life may be cared for in hospices and in their own homes.   However many people also die in our acute hospitals and there are specialist palliative care teams which provide services to both in-patients and out-patients.  The HSE is fully committed to ensuring that we maintain and indeed improve on palliative care services and will do so through funding and working in close partnership with organisations such as the Irish Hospice Foundation.” 

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON END-OF-LIFE CARE BY THE OIREACHTAS COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND CHILDREN

Posted on: November 11th, 2013

 

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has called on the public and organisations interested in end-of-life issues to take part in the consultation process instigated by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children as part of its hearings into end-of-life care in Ireland.

 Between October 24th and 14th November 2013 the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children, chaired by Jerry Buttimer TD, is holding a series of public hearings on end-of-life issues.  The public has been invited to send in written submissions by email by 5pm on Tuesday, 19th November.

 Sharon Foley, Chief Executive Officer of the IHF, commented: “The Irish Hospice Foundation was delighted to share our experience and perspective on end-of-life care with the Committee in an oral hearing on October 24th.  The Committee is now seeking written submissions from interested groups and individuals to ensure that the most comprehensive and diverse range of views is available for its deliberations.  The IHF welcomes this development.  This is a great opportunity to contribute to a process which may achieve better end-of-life and bereavement care in Ireland and we are encouraging people and organisations to take part.”