Palliative Services

Palliative care is provided to people with life-limiting conditions and their families. It is a sensitive and holistic service, delivered either in a hospice, at home or in residential settings such as nursing homes, or any other places that people may live.

The service is designed to improve the quality of life for people living with life-limiting conditions and to provide comfort and dignity at end of life.

Palliative care services 

Palliative Care services in CHO Area 9 (Dublin North, Dublin North Central, Dublin North West) are provided in partnership with St. Francis Hospice Dublin.

The hospice provides a specialist palliative care service for the people of North Dublin and surrounding counties from its hospices in Raheny and Blanchardstown.

A voluntary organisation under the care of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, it is partially funded by the HSE. All care is delivered at no cost to patients and their families.

Services provided by St. Francis Hospice Dublin

  •  The Community Palliative Care Team provides specialist care and advice to patients and their families in their homes or places of residence.
  •  The Specialist Palliative Care Day Services allow patients who are living at home to attend the hospice facilities for nursing or medical care, social work, chaplaincy support, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, complementary therapies and lymphedema treatment.
  •  An In-patient unit on each site allows for patient admissions for the management of complex symptoms and psychosocial support, as well as end of life care.
  •  Bereavement care and support for family members of patients, including pre-bereavement work with families, counselling, information events, and remembrance services.

Education and research. Education is provided to healthcare professionals working in a variety of settings and disciplines, as well as to patients, families and caregivers.

How you can access the service

Referral forms are available from the hospice, all hospitals in our catchment area of North Dublin City and County and GP surgeries. Referral by GPs or hospital doctors/Consultants is essential.

Our team

Our care is provided by the multidisciplinary team of Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, Chaplains, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Complementary/Lymphedema Therapists, Care Assistants, Household, Administration, Support and Contract Staff.

Members of our team are actively involved in research projects to advance knowledge. 

To contact St Francis Hospice Dublin 

Phone:  01 832 7535 (Raheny) or 01 829 4000 (Blanchardstown)

Further resources

Read about St Francis Hospice Dublin

Find more information and resources about palliative care on the Palliative Hub.