St John’s Hospital, Limerick has been awarded a Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Quality Improvement Award.
St John’s Hospital Awarded End-Of-Life Care Quality Improvement Award
Following a national callout, St John’s Hospital, Limerick has been awarded a Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Quality Improvement Award to further develop end-of-life and bereavement care.
The HFH Programme is an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) in partnership with the Health Service Executive. It was established in 2007 and aims to ensure that hospitals take a strategic and focused approach to the improvement of end-of-life care. 45 public and private hospitals are now linked with HFH including General, Maternity and Children’s hospitals.
The funding has allowed the hospital project team to develop, implement and evaluate a Bereavement Information Leaflet for relatives. The leaflet is being prepared to assist relatives during the difficult period immediately after the death of a relative/family member.
Quality Coordinator at St John’s Hospital and Project Lead is Kathleen Lynch: “We were delighted to be the recipient of a Hospice Friendly Hospitals Quality Improvement award. It has helped us to develop this information leaflet for bereaved families which contains advice on managing practical issues following a bereavement.”
HFH Outreach Officer is Joanne Brennan: “It is fantastic that so much great work continues to be carried out throughout Irish hospitals to help those near end of life and their families. Staff across the country put so much time into the HFH programme and we are very proud to give them this financial support. We will continue to work closely with hospital staff as we strive for the best end-of-life and bereavement care for all.”
The hospitals receiving the HFH Quality Improvement Awards include: Connolly Hospital, Tallaght University Hospital, The Coombe Women’s & Infant’s Hospital, Portuincula University Hospital, Kerry University Hospital, St Luke’s General Hospital, Mayo University Hospital and St John’s Hospital Limerick.
The Irish Hospice Foundation is the only charity dedicated to dying, death and bereavement in Ireland. 80 people die in Ireland every day and the IHF believes everyone has the right to be cared for and to die with dignity and respect in the care setting of their choice. Their mission is to strive for the best end-of-life and bereavement care, for all. The IHF campaigns to make excellence in hospice practices, bereavement and end-of-life care a national priority and to stimulate the conversation about dying, death and bereavement in Ireland.
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