What is Hospice Friendly Hospitals?
Each year, within Ireland 43% of people receive end-of-life care and die in hospitals; for most people this is not where they would choose to die. At Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), our mission is to work towards the best end-of-life and bereavement care for all, regardless of the setting. Our Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Programme seeks to ensure that end-of-life, palliative and bereavement care is central to hospitals. Established by IHF in 2007 and originally funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, the HFH programme has progressed and developed over the years. Now, Irish Hospice Foundation works in partnership with the Health Services Executive (HSE) and hospitals nationwide are engaged with the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme.
The HFH programme aims to improve of end-of-life care (EOLC) in acute hospitals by using a strategic and focused approach, which is underpinned by the Quality Standards for End-of-Life Care in Hospitals. Through its multidimensional approach, the HFH programme works to enhance all aspects of end-of-life care in acute hospitals.
There are six core elements of the programme:
End-of-Life Care Co-ordinators
Adult, Paediatric and Maternity hospitals and units nationwide are engaged with the HFH programme and working to improve EOL care in their setting. Nationally, there are 21 End-of-Care Co-ordinators roles, working across 34 hospitals
The role of an End-of-Life Care Co-ordinator focuses on quality improvement on all aspects of dying, death and bereavement which is informed by patients, their relatives, hospital staff, national standards, policy, regulation, guidance, and evidence-based research.
In the map below, the purple highlighted areas indicate a county with a HFH hospital. Hover your mouse over the relevant county to see hospitals which have an End of Life Coordinator.
Letterkenny University Hospital, Donegal *
Sligo University Hospital *
Cavan Hospital *
Mayo University Hospital
- Beaumont Hospital *
- Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital
- Children's Health Ireland *
- Connolly Hospital *
- The Coombe
- Mater Misericordiae *
- National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street
- Crumlin Children's Hospital *
- Rotunda Hospital
- St James's Hospital *
- St Vincent's Hospital *
- St Michael's Hospital *
- St Columcille's *
- Tallaght Children's Hospital *
- Tallaght University Hospital *
- Temple Street Children's University Hospital *
- Bantry General Hospital
- Cork University Hospital *
- Cork University Maternity Hospital
- Mallow General Hospital
- Mercy Hospital *
- South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital
- Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore *
- Galway University Hospital *
- Merlin Park University Hospital *
- Portiuncla University Hospital
- Croom Hospital *
- St. John's Hospital *
- University Hospital Limerick *
- University Maternity Hospital Limerick *
University Hospital Kerry *
University Hospital Waterford * vacant EOLC post
Wexford General Hospital *
St Luke's General Hospital, Kilkenny *
- Louth County Hospital, Dundalk *
- Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda *
Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar
Our Lady's Hospital, Navan
- South Tipperary General Hospital
- Nenagh Hospital *
Roscommon University Hospital
Monaghan Hospital *
Ennis Hospital *
Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise *
Naas General Hospital *
Our End-of-Life Symbol
A universally recognised symbol that indicates end-of-life care; it appears on many of the resources connected with the end of life. Inspired by ancient Irish history, this symbol is not associated with any religion or denomination.
The three stranded white spiral represents the interconnected cycle of life: birth, life and death. The white outer circle represents continuity, infinity, and completion. Purple is the background colour as it’s associated with nobility, solemnity and spirituality.
Our end-of-life symbol is used in health settings to indicate that a person is dying or has died. View our End-Of-Life Care Resources
National HFH Networks
Our HFH networks provide opportunities for professionals from across the hospital and health care settings and specialities to connect and collaborate with one another. Essentially bringing hospital staff together to promote improvement in end-of-life care.
All HFH Network meetings are NMBI accredited. Find out more information about our upcoming HFH Network Events.