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Hospice Friendly Hospitals


A five year Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme (HFH) funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropy commenced in May 2007 with the aim of assisting acute and community hospitals to introduce hospice principles into their end of life care. The ONMSD is supportive of the Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme and demonstrates commitment to the programme by supporting the role of the National Practice Development Coordinator for End-of-Life Care.  With the involvement of the ONMSD and established link with the NMPDU this joint appointment between the HSE and the Irish Hospice Foundation can facilitate organisations to develop capacity and infrastructures that support person-centred best practice for patients and their families at end of life.

Phase one involves the development of standrds for end of life care, the completion of a national audit along with structures, education, and resources to support participating sites (Mater Hospital, St. James Hospital, Adelade and Meath National Children’s Hospital, Beaumont Hospital, James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Cork University Hospital and Mid Western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle Limerick)

To view a video on End of Life Care, featuring Seamus Heaney and Gabriel Byrne, click the following link

For further information on the practice development initiative please contact Lorna Peelo-Kilroe, National Practice Development Coordinator, End-of-Life Care on

For information on the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme please contact the programme office on 01 6730068, website:   or email