Inpatient Unit

Here at Galway Hospice, our team of specialist doctors, nurses and health care professionals provides expert care for up to 18 patients, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Our Inpatient Unit is located in Renmore, Galway city and our aim is to create a home away from home, for our patient in a calm and comfortable environment. The Inpatient Unit, which opened in 1997, accepts patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. 

Our Inpatient Unit provides symptom and pain management, medication management, and helps you manage your sickness/breathlessness or other problems that you may be experiencing because of your illness. Many of our patients are admitted for just a short while which may be for Respite, Symptom Control or Stepdown/Palliative Rehabilitation and are then discharged back home. 

We also provide end-of-life care for patients who are in their last days of life. You will be supported during your stay by a specialist trained team of nurses, doctors, therapists, social workers, pastoral care and volunteers who will care for you 24 hours a day. 

In order to provide quality care to patients and families, the staff function as a team, utilising the expertise and resources of each discipline in providing optimum Holistic Patient-Centred Care. Our experienced staff are not only here to care for patients, but also to give support and care to family and friends and to communicate information and advice about a patient’s illness, symptoms and treatment. 

Our rooms in the hospice have been furnished and equipped to an extremely high standard. This allows our patients to receive care within a homely setting where focus is placed on the patient, not the illness, in a safe and comfortable environment. 

Our catering staff prepare all meals on site and are happy to create meals to specific dietary requirements and requests. This is a very important aspect to patient preferences and Our Head Chef is happy to visit our patients in person to discuss the menu. We also have access to specialist advice from our Dietitian to support and promote patient’s wishes and goals of care for their well-being. 

Admissions Policy

All patients are referred through their General Practitioner if they are at home, and through their Consultant if in hospital.  Our aim is to involve the Primary Healthcare Team and work in close collaboration with them in providing a high standard of care to patients.

A member of the Community Palliative Care team will assess the patient at home.  If a patient requires admission, this will be discussed with the Multidisciplinary Team and then be arranged as appropriate. 

Referrals from Hospital Consultants or General Practitioners may be made by completing the Palliative Care Service referral form.

Referrals to the Inpatient Unit can also be made by a member of the Community Specialist Palliative Care team.