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25 June 2019

Coombe Hospital awarded end-of-life care Quality Improvement Award

Following a national callout, the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital has been awarded a Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Quality Improvement Award to further develop end-of-life care 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 and bereavement care. 45 public and private hospitals are now linked with HFH including General, Maternity and Children's hospitals.

The Coombe has been awarded €1000 to further the development of a Solace Room in the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU). The aim of the room is to enhance the care provided to bereaved parents who experience early pregnancy loss.

Clinical Midwife Manager and and project lead is Mary McDonald: "This room will provide a quiet space where women and their families can retreat to following the news of early pregnancy loss. It will also provide women with a breathing space in which to make decisions or a place to await the arrival of a partner or family member."

"We know a room can never reduce the grief and sadness that results from early pregnancy loss. However, this room will go in some small way to reducing stress by providing a haven from the hustle and bustle of a busy Outpatient Department. Hopefully, it will also be seen as an acknowledgement of the existence of and importance of every pregnancy, no matter how brief."

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."

Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital
Cork St.
Dublin 8.

Tel: +353-1-408 5200
Fax: +353-1-453 6033

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