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Posted on: August 31st, 2016

CHALLENGES and opportunities in meeting the palliative care needs of people with heart failure is the focus of a seminar being held in Dublin, this week.(Friday, 2nd September)

Cardiologists and palliative care specialists will share their experiences of palliative care and heart failure during this one day event.

Guest speakers include Dr Fliss Murtagh, Reader in Palliative Medicine at the Cicely Saunders Institute, Kings College, London.  Dr Murtagh will present international evidence on palliative care in heart failure. Dr Karen Ryan, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Dublin’s Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and St Francis Hospice will present findings of an innovative study “Heart Failure and Palliative Care” which includes a survey of nurses and doctors attitudes to working with people with heart failure in two Irish hospitals. . The overall aim of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for patients and families faced with a life-limiting illness.
According to Dr Karen Ryan, ‘Many people mistakenly believe that you can only receive palliative care if you have cancer or if other treatments are no longer possible. Actually, palliative care can be provided to people of any age and at any stage of their illness. When you have a serious illness, such as heart failure, you may suffer from physical discomfort or feelings of psychological distress- palliative care can help improve quality of life while other cardiac treatments continue.’
Heart failure is a condition where the heart function is impaired and the heart fails to pump blood effectively around the body. People with heart failure can experience a wide range of symptoms including breathlessness, fatigue, pain, nausea, psychological distress and depression. The potential to provide palliative care to people with heart failure is being increasingly recognised. There is a strong push within the healthcare profession to ensure that people with heart failure receive symptom relief, relief from worry and depression, carer support, careful communication and care planning. And Dr Fliss Murtagh, King’s College London believes “There is an opportunity is to better address the symptoms, distress, information needs, and treatment preferences of those with advanced heart failure. The challenges are to work effectively with cardiology, primary care, community and palliative care colleagues so that this is delivered well and seamlessly for every individual concerned and their family.” Irish Hospice Foundation Head of Healthcare Programmes Marie Lynch said the one day seminar is an ideal opportunity to share and learn from Ireland and the UK’s experience in this area to date and plan for the future. She said “The need for palliative care for people with heart failure is well recognised and indeed has been strengthened in the 67th World Health Assembly Resolution (2014). There is a dearth of practical examples as to how heart failure and palliative care teams can integrate this approach in their practice and work together so that people with heart failure have their palliative care needs identified and responded to throughout their disease trajectory”. The seminar is a joint initiative between the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and the Irish Hospice Foundation. It is being held at the Fintan Gunne Lecture Theatre, Catherine McAuley Education & Research Centre, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin.

Going to great heights in support of The Irish Hospice Foundation

Posted on: August 30th, 2016

flag top of elbrus
A huge thank you to Frank Jordan, Mark Ryan, Eddie Macken and Darragh Coffey for climbing Mount Elbrus in support of The Irish Hospice Foundation. The Wexford team took on the challenge of climbing the highest peak in Europe in July. This climb is not for the faint hearted – Elbrus stands at an impressive 5,642m and is described as an Ultra Level challenge. As well as taking on the trek the team also managed to raise a terrific €6,712.66 from their fundraising efforts. This money will go to support our Nurses for Night Care Service. Thank you to the team and everyone that supported them in their fundraising efforts and their trek to Mount Elbrus. If you would like to take on a challenge in support of The IHF please get in touch with our Fundraising Team on 01 679 3188.

Good Luck to the Dublin Army 2016

Posted on: August 30th, 2016

Dublin Army 2016
A group of talented musicians and Dublin GAA supporters have come together to record a song in support of the Dublin GAA team – The Dublin Army 2016. They are selling CDs and wristbands and raising money in support for The Irish Hospice Foundation, St Francis Hospice and Our Lady’s Hospice. The song has raised lots of interest and been featured in local papers and radio. You can listen to the song HERE . We are so delighted with the support and we wish the Dublin Army 2016 and the Dublin GAA team all the best in the All Ireland Final on 18th September. If you would like to support the Dublin Army 2016 you can donate through their FUNDRAISING PAGE

The IHF proudly presents our Dr Mary Redmond Gala Dinner

Posted on: August 30th, 2016

We proudly present our Dr Mary Redmond Gala Dinner on 21st October 2016 at Dublin’s Intercontinental Hotel. This prestigious evening will honour our founder and celebrate our 30th year of working for best care at end of life.

We will commence the evening with a drinks reception at 7pm, which will be followed with a 3-course dinner with wine and entertainment and dancingPlatinum, Gold and Silver tables are available and we can accommodate tables of 10 and 12. For further information please click HERE or  contact Louise at Louise.McCarron@hospicefoundation.ie or by calling 01 679 3188.   

Every Cup Counts for Hospice!

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016

Mario urges everyone to get on board for Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice 2016

Host a coffee morning or share a cup of Bewley’s #coffee4hospice

6,508 people passed away with the support of local hospice services in 2015

Mario Rosenstock is calling on everyone to get on board for Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice together with Bewley’s on Thursday 15th September. That’s the day when people everywhere will share a cup of Bewley’s coffee to support their local hospice and their vital work caring for people in their local communities nationwide. Mario and other well-known personalities are backing the Hospice campaign including Davy Fitzgerald, Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson, Imelda May, Gabriel Byrne, Baz and Nancy Ashmawy and Eamonn Coughlan Irish Hospice Foundation CEO Sharon Foley said: "It’s really easy to take part.  You can register at www.hospicecoffeemorning.ie , contact your local hospice by calling 1890 717 000, or go along to any nearby coffee morning for your local hospice. This year is Ireland’s 24th Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice since the major annual fundraiser first started in 1993 with some €32m raised to date. All money raised locally goes directly to local hospice care services and The IHF is very proud to coordinate the event. Every cup counts so please share a cuppa on September 15th for your local hospice." Mario Rosenstock said, “I’ve been delighted to be involved with the hospice for a few years now and in that time I've seen at first-hand the work they do and the care they give. I’ve always found it an uplifting experience meeting the patients and residents. Each and every hospice patient is treated with wonderful kindness and dignity at such a vulnerable time. “To continue giving this care, hospice services across the country need vital funds and Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice is the one day when everyone can get involved and help them to do just that. Whether you host a coffee morning of your own or visit a local coffee morning to enjoy a Bewley’s coffee, your support is key as every cup counts”. Every year over 29,000 people die across Ireland and over one fifth of these people are supported by their local hospice either in an IPU setting (in patient unit) or via a Home Care team. Last year, 6,508 people passed away with the support of their local hospice. Local hospice services include specialist palliative care, residential care and end-of-life care. Money raised from Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice will go towards essential services such as homecare nurses, new equipment and development of new hospice care facilities. Pat Quinlan, Chair of the Voluntary Hospice Groups said, “There is continuing pressure on already strained hospice services. The number of patients being admitted to hospice facilities is increasing and the demand for homecare services is also on the rise. “Each local hospice across the country has a crucial role to play in caring for the people in their community but they face serious funding shortages. Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice together with Bewley’s has been raising much needed funds for the hospice movement for 24 years. We want to thank people for their generosity and urge them once again to get behind this year’s campaign.” Mark Saunders, Brand Director with Bewley’s said “Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice is an incredibly important and vital campaign that Bewley’s has been very proud to support as sole sponsor since our very first cup of coffee was poured for Hospice over two decades ago.  This unique bond has gone from strength to strength with over €32 million raised for hospice care nationwide to date, that’s over 16 million cups of coffee.  But we need many more cups of coffee to be brewed for Hospice so we are asking everybody to come together On Thursday 15th September, have a cup of Bewley’s coffee and raise much needed funds for this vital cause.” To host a cost morning, register at www.hospicecoffeemorning.ie to receive your free coffee pack of Bewley’s fresh ground coffee. You can also contact your local hospice by calling 1890 717 000. ENDS

Dr. Susan Delaney discusses bereavement with The Journal

Posted on: August 22nd, 2016
The Journal Last Rites series Knowing what to say to a friend, family member or colleague who is grieving can be a challenge. Dr. Susan Delaney, bereavement services manager for the Irish Hospice Foundation, sat down with Orla Ryan at TheJournal.ie to discuss what to say or do when someone you care about is bereaved. You can read the article here. It was part of The Journal's ‘Last Rites’ series.