A vital community service: new day hospice opens in Northern Ireland

Marie Curie was delighted to welcome colleagues from the health service and further afield for the official launch of our day hospice service in Lisburn.

Marie Curie staff attending the conference pose for a group photo
Marie Curie Northern Ireland were delighted to officially open the Day Hospice service

Guests from local Health Trusts, political representatives and other stakeholders gathered in the Laganview Enterprise Centre to hear about the care and support available at the site, and the positive difference the service makes for local people living with terminal illnesses.

The service was officially opened by Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, with a presentation from Dr Jennifer Doherty, Co-Medical Director at Marie Curie Northern Ireland. She said:

“One of Marie Curie’s strategic aims is to extend the reach of our services and deliver more care and support to people with terminal and life-limiting conditions. Our Day Hospice service in Lisburn is crucial to achieving that aim.

Our multidisciplinary team provides holistic care to patients and their loved ones in the community setting, helping them to maintain the best quality of life possible and providing a safe space for patient’s to acknowledge their fears and articulate their wishes and preferences for care.”

Dr Jennifer Doherty, Co-Medical Director at Marie Curie Northern Ireland, addresses the conference
Dr Jennifer Doherty, Co-Medical Director at Marie Curie Northern Ireland, addresses the conference

Marie Curie’s Day Hospice service in Lisburn provides care and support to people living with any terminal illness. Based in the Resurgam Trust, Laganview Enterprise Centre, the service is available every week, and covers Lisburn, Hillsborough, Moira and the surrounding areas.

Patients referred to the service can come in for a few hours each week for tailored care and support. The team are trained in palliative medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, chaplaincy and complementary therapies, and can provide a wide range of services.

Patients can recieve complex symptom management, and benefit from complementary therapies like massage and aromatherapy, and emotional, psychological and spiritual support.

John, a Marie Curie patient, attends the conference
John is one of the patients who will benefit from the new hospice service

People can be referred to the service by GPs, district nurses, community care managers and colleagues in the allied health professions - such as podiatry, osteopathy, speech and music therapy. 

The service helps ensure that people living with terminal illness receive holistic care and support in the community setting, keeping them cared for close to home and avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions or visits to A&E or their local surgery.

One in four people who need palliative care in Northern Ireland are not currently accessing it, and with the number of patients living with complex and terminal conditions on the rise, demand for services is only likely to increase in the future. This service will provide vital help and support to people close to home and help to avoid unnecessary admission to hospital. Many people living with a terminal illness don't want or need to be in a hospital setting at the end of their life.

This service will provide much needed support in the community for patients living with terminal illness so they can achieve the best quality of life possible.

Find out more about Marie Curie’s Day Hospice services in Northern Ireland by clicking here  .