€1m being invested to transform Irish hospitals

It will benefit hospitals in Dublin, Limerick, Mayo and Laois

€1m being invested to transform Irish hospitals

File photo of Tallaght Hospital (The Adelaide and Meath Hospital) in Dublin | Image: RollingNews.ie

€1m is being invested to help transform Irish hospital spaces. 

Projects in Dublin, Limerick, Mayo and Laois will be able to create end-of-life sanctuaries for patients. 

Eight hospitals have been granted €645,597 funding as part of The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and HSE’s Design & Dignity Grants Scheme to create end-of-life sanctuaries for patients and families.

Each of the hospitals is also adding their own contribution to the projects totaling €426,214 bringing the total investment to €1.07m.

Projects funded include a mortuary refurbishment and extension at the Coombe Hospital, a family room in both Beaumont Hospital and Connolly Hospital, an Emergency Department Bereavement Room in Tallaght Hospital and a Palliative Care Suite in the Mater Hospital.

Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise has also received funding for a maternity space for mothers experiencing pregnancy loss or perinatal bereavement.

University Maternity Hospital Limerick will see their quiet ‘Rose Room’ refurbished and Mayo University Hospital will benefit from a mortuary refurbishment and extension.

Mary Lovegrove, Design & Dignity Project Manager with the Irish Hospice Foundation said "We hope that each project will be a sanctuary for families to be together in private at extremely difficult times in their lives and that the projects will convey a sense of reverence and respect for life, death and bereavement."

"Our vision for the Design & Dignity project is for an end of life sanctuary in every public hospital in the country by 2021 with approximately 60 projects completed as well as a HSE National Mortuary Capitals Programme underway.”

John Browner, Assistant National Director with HSE Estates also said "The Design & Dignity programme has been running since 2010 and, in addition to these eight projects, has funded 24 other projects across Ireland.

"The HSE is delighted to be leading this project in partnership with the Irish Hospice Foundation."