Dr Fiona McElligott, a consultant paediatrician with a special interest in Palliative Care has started her new role in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. The IHF are funding the first year of her contract.
Sharon Foley, IHF CEO said “This is a positive development for children’s palliative care in Ireland. We know that Fiona will have a big impact in palliative medicine. She will be a strong advocate for children and families facing end-of-life care. We look forward to working with her and wish her well in her new post.”
Dr McElligott joins Temple Street from the NHS where she worked in palliative care with the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and also with the UK Hospice movement. In Ireland, Dr McElligott will also be working with parents expecting children with life limiting conditions in the Rotunda Hospital.
Commenting on her appointment Dr McElligott said “I look forward to working with my new colleagues in Temple Street. My goal is to help enhance already fantastic levels of care with a dedicated palliative care service. This will be part of a holistic approach to the care of children with life limiting conditions. In particular it will seek to improve quality of life through the relief of distressing symptoms.”
She went on to say “The IHF have and continue to play an essential role in the advancement of palliative care medicine in Ireland. Their support and funding through the Care for Children campaign have given real momentum to the provision of specialist children’s medical and nursing care. It is helping families with seriously ill children.”
Lucy, a mother who sadly lost her little son Ronan, availed of this programme and will never forget the difference it made: “The Care for Children Campaign was so helpful. It built me up and gave me the confidence to be able to care for my son when I felt ready to fold.”