Community Care

Foyle Hospice Care

We provide specialist palliative care and end of life care services for people across the northern sector of the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT).

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:

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: 

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)

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.

Shirley / A Day Hospice patient, had to say about her experience

Day Therapy Leaflet

For more information

Contact the Day Hospice
Alternatively email Teresa McGowan, Day Hospice Nurse Manager

Home Care

The Community Specialist Palliative Care Team is a group of specially trained nurses who provide professional palliative care expertise and support to patients and their families in their own home.

Many patients wish to remain in their own home, close to family and loved ones, for as long as possible. The relief of symptoms is a key element in enabling many patients to remain at home.

Our team

Our Community Specialist Palliative Care Team works closely with the patients GP and District Nurse to provide symptom control and to promote quality of life. The role extends to meet the social and emotional needs of patients and families.

Is the Community Specialist Palliative Care Team available to me?

The Community Specialist Palliative Care Team is available to patients with life limiting illnesses from the time of diagnosis and throughout the illness.

How do I access the service?

Your GP or hospital consultant will refer you to the service when appropriate.

What happens at the first visit?

The nurse will call at your home and meet you and your family. He/She will discuss any physical or emotional symptoms you may have, take note of present medications and following liaison with your GP advise on changes required to alleviate the symptoms. A follow-up visit will then be arranged.

When am I discharged?

When satisfactory symptom control is established and you are coping with your diagnosis it may be possible to discharge you back to the care of your GP and District Nurse.

Community Specialist Palliative Care Leaflet

For more information

Contact Home Care
Alternatively email Brigeen McCloskey, Team Leader

Integrative Care Clinic

The Integrative Care Clinic at Foyle Day Hospice has been running since July 2015. It aims to be a source of support to anyone living with life-limiting medical condition(s) which are impacting on daily quality of life. Quality of life is the focus of the clinic, which aims to maximise wellbeing and to help individuals and families learn how to care for themselves in the midst of potential change.

The clinic works with the whole healthcare team, in particular with GPs and district nurses to develop shared planning and help negotiate the complexities which any journey through the healthcare system can involve. It is currently funded by the Integrated Care Partnership initiative.

Where and when are we?

The clinic is located in the Day Hospice Building, on the Foyle Hospice site. Appointments are available between 10am and 4pm Tuesday to Thursday, and referrals are accepted from any healthcare professional. The clinic offers access to Day Hospice for anyone who wishes to use its resources. Day Hospice offers individualised holistic support, which includes Specialist nursing assessment and a range of potential therapies. A group of highly skilled accredited and committed volunteers offers therapies, which include reflexology, massage, counselling, acupuncture, yoga, Tai Chi, music, art, hairdressing, beauty and others.

Who are we?

Lorraine Lynch, staff nurse at Foyle Hospice provides daily nursing assessment and care at the clinic. Lorraine is also available for telephone advice to individuals, family members and healthcare colleagues.

Michelle Hannaway, administrator at the clinic, has been based at Foyle Hospice for a number of years and is the glue that holds the clinic together! Michelle arranges appointments and is a point of contact for anyone seeking to access the clinic

There are three clinic doctors who provide daily medical assessment, advice and coordination of care and support. They are:

  • Dr Paul McIvor is the medical Director at the Hospice
  • Dr Aine Abbott also works locally as a GP
  • Dr Ann Donnelly also works as part of Altnagelvin Palliative Care Team.

Are you interested in attending the clinic?

You can be referred by your GP or by another member of your healthcare team.

For more information

Contact Integrative Care Clinic, Foyle Hospice, 61 Culmore Road, Derry/Londonderry BT48 8JE