Day Hospice

The Day Hospice Team is a group of specially trained palliative care nurses, who provide professional palliative and end of life care, expertise and support to patients and families who attend The Day Hospice. The Day Hospice team is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers. 

Our aims

The strategic objectives which have been developed by Foyle Hospice to ensure that we consistently meet our founding aim in a professional proficient and value added manner are:-

  • To deliver accessible, effective, holistic care for patients with complex advancing disease
  • To support those affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses
  • To provide support and education whilst acting as a resource

What can I expect from a day in the Day Hospice?

The Day Hospice provides an informal environment for patients who live at home but who can benefit from the support of our experienced palliative care nursing team in the hospice. 
This is a relaxed and safe environment for up to 12 patients a day, open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the year, excluding bank holidays. In most instances, a patient will visit the Day Hospice one day a week. 

What services are offered?

We offer a wide range of services that are provided by the Nursing Team and a dedicated team of volunteers. Services provided include:

  • Art and Creative Therapies
  • Bathing Facilities
  • Hairdressing
  • Nursing Procedures
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Relaxation
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Support/Listening Ear
  • Chiropody
  • Support for Carers

Do I need to provide my own transport to and from The Day Hospice Unit?

We operate a bus service with trained members of staff and volunteers for patients who have transport dificulties or require assistance. In addition to this service we have a team of volunteers who provide transport to and from the Hospice.

Referral to the Day Hospice

Referrals to Day Hospice specialist services are made through: 

  • The patients GP or Hospice Community Specialist Nurse 
  • Hospital Consultant or Palliative Care Team 
  • Other Health professionals, eg. Respiratory Nurse Specialist, Hospital Nurse Specialist 
  • Foyle Hospice Inpatient Unit 

Who is this service available to?

The services of Foyle Hospice Inpatient Unit are available to patients with cancer and other life-limiting conditions (e.g. Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis, COPD)


Hear what Shirley, A Day Hospice patient, had to say about her experience.

"After Sunday, it is the highlight of my week. My programme hinges around it. I plan carefully so as to be free and in the best form I can be to reap all the benefits.... I cannot recommend this service highly enough. There is nothing to fear and so much to gain."
                                                                          Download Day Therpy Leaflet 
Download the Day Therapy Leaflet

For more information contact the Day Hospice on  (028) 71 359 888 or by email care@foylehospice.com. 

Alternatively contact Teresa McGowan, Day Hospice Nurse Manager by email at  teresamcgowan@foylehospice.com

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