Established in 1879 by the Religious Sisters of Charity, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services provide specialist and person-centered loving care to our patients and residents who have a wide range of needs from rehabilitation to end-of-life care.
Operating from two campuses, Harold’s Cross (est.1879) and Blackrock (est.2003), we have 200 beds serving a catchment area of over 1 million people. We have 600 medical and general staff and 330 incredible volunteers who care for more than 4,000 patients every year as well as providing over 11,000 specialist palliative homecare to patients in their own homes.
2019 is a very special year for Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services as we celebrate the 140th anniversary of our foundation. Inspired by the pioneering work of Mother Mary Aikenhead, the Religious Sisters of Charity opened their doors in Harold’s Cross in 1879 and welcomed the poor and poorly to avail of a comfortable and dignified environment. 140 years later that precious charitable ethos remains unaltered.
What has changed however is the population we serve. As people are now living longer and have more complex care needs, we must provide even more specialist facilities and services of the highest quality to meet these critical requirements. We are now therefore undertaking the most ambitious project in our history: the complete redevelopment of 36 new single palliative care en suite bedrooms in Harold’s Cross, the complete refurbishment of our 12 single palliative care en suite bedrooms in Blackrock and the evolution and expansion of our community based care services provided at both sites to meet growing demand and anticipated future needs.
The first phase of this project is complete and in 2018, we officially opened our new state-of-the-art 36 single bed palliative care in-patient unit in Harold’s Cross. Each spacious room opens onto its own private courtyard and communal garden area and all rooms have overnight facilities for families and are equipped to the highest in assistive technology standards. This new unit has transformed how we deliver care and ensures peace, privacy and dignity at end of life. 100% of the building costs or €13.6 million were funded through fundraising.
We now move to the second phase of this important development, the complete refurbishment of our 12 palliative care bedrooms in Blackrock to emulate the quality and standard we now have in Harold’s Cross. This important project will be fully funded through fundraising. We also continue to fundraise for further expansion and development across all our services so that we can deliver optimal care in the right environment for all of our patients, residents and families.
We also look forward to welcoming Wicklow Hospice to the family when it opens in 2019/2020.