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Meath Specialist Palliative Care Services Transfer to the New Community Health Unit, Navan.




The HSE are pleased to announce the relocation of the Meath Specialist Palliative Care Service to Navan's new Community Health Unit. The move which took place on Friday October 15th marks the first stage in the phased opening of the health care facility.

The office of the Meath Specialist Palliative Care Service will be open in its new location in the new Community Health Unit from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5pm. Service at the week-end is provided by a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) for patients who have already been referred and accepted for care by the Specialist Palliative Care Team. Patients with Specialist Palliative Care needs are referred to the team by the patient's General Practitioner or Hospital Consultant.

The Meath Specialist Palliative Care Service is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team, which brings together the expertise of doctors, clinical nurse specialists, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, social workers, nurse in complementary therapy and a clerical officer.

The Specialist Palliative Care Team work in close collaboration with Primary Care and Hospital Teams to provide advice and support on symptom management, psychosocial and spiritual support to patients, their families and carers', both during the patient's illness and into bereavement. Services are provided to patients and their families across County Meath in the home and across all care settings, including in acute hospitals, units for the elderly and in nursing homes.

Eileen Carruthers, team manager for the Palliative Care Service in Meath, said, "patients and their families will benefit from the new Community Health Unit as it will facilitate the delivery of specialist palliative care in a more enhanced, patient-focused environment."

Navan Adult Mental Health Services Team plan to relocate to the Navan Community Health Unit in early November with day care being the first service to commence having relocated from the County Infirmary. The equipping and commissioning of the residential services for the older person is in progress for the Health Information & Quality Authority registration inspection in December.

Please note the telephone number for the palliative care service has changed and is now: 046 - 9099230. The fax number has also changed and is now 046 - 9099280.

Last updated on: 15 / 10 / 2010