Our support services
Foyle Hospice offers a range of support services, including Telephone Advice and Chaplaincy.
Being diagnosed with a life limiting illness makes life uncertain for patients and their families/ carers, causing us to question things that we previously took for granted. Perhaps it makes us fearful about the future.
The main work of chaplains in the inpatient unit is to be present, to come alongside patients, families and carers to offer much needed support and the opportunity to explore their own thoughts, feelings, hopes and fears. The Chaplains offer a listening ear and time to address feelings about the reality of living with an illness or any concerns approaching the end of life.
The chaplains also offer more specific spiritual help through prayer, reading of scripture and religious services. At all times we respect the right of individuals not to avail of chaplaincy visits and we usual ascertain these wishes on admission to the inpatient unit.
Foyle Hospice has chaplains from the main Christian denominations. Please speak to a nurse or doctor for more information pertaining to our chaplaincy services.
LIST OF CHAPLAINS ( subject to change)
- Presbyterian: Rev Alastair Rosborough
- Methodist: Rev Alison Gallagher
- Church of Ireland: Rev David McBeth
- Roman Catholic: Father McDevitt, Father Clerkin, Father Nozia
24 hour telephone advice
The Medical and Nursing team at Foyle Hospice Inpatient Unit provides 24/7 telephone advice service to patients, families, carers and other health professionals regarding symptom management and other areas of concern relating to their illness/ condition.
Please call the above number and ask to speak to a Nurse or Doctor regarding your query. It will be very helpful if you have information regarding your/your relative’s illness, e.g: diagnosis, present mediation and nature of concern at the time, so that appropriate advice can be given.
The health professional dealing with your call should be able to give you advice regarding symptoms or alternatively refer you to appropriate out-of-hours services e.g: Western Urgent Care Out-of-Hours GP, Marie Curie Out-of-Hours Nurse.
Compassionate Communities ‘Reach Out’ is a voluntary community service providing support to people who are living with advanced illness. The project recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide 1-2 hours each week to visit with people who have become isolated at home as a result of illness. Compassionate Communities has their own site which you can visit directly by clicking below.