CEO hopes to have €6.3m Hospice open by year-end

Mayo-Roscommon Hospice CEO, Martina Jennings, has said work is ongoing in order to have the new Roscommon Hospice open to patients by the end of this year. While the facility was officially opened ten months ago, there are still no patients there and it is not yet operational.

Speaking following the official launch of Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning for Hospice at the facility last Friday, Ms. Jennings said recruitment was now at an advanced stage.

“We are really at an advanced stage in terms of recruitment, in fact that’s almost finished. We are now waiting on legal documents from the HSE in terms of the building’s lease and we are hopeful of opening the new Hospice building in Roscommon to patients by the end of this year. Everyone is working hard towards that now,” she said.

“Last Friday was a wonderful opportunity to launch Bewley’s Coffee Morning, which is now in its 30th year and continues to be a hugely important fundraiser for our services here.

“It was an opportunity also to launch this year’s event in the new Hospice in Roscommon town and to allow people to take a tour of this new state-of-the-art building. It’s a beautiful facility and will be like a home from home for the people who use it. It certainly won’t feel like a typical clinical setting”.

The €6.3 million eight-bed inpatient unit, which was developed entirely by fundraised income, was officially opened by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly in November 2021.

“It’s amazing to think that this facility is here because of the generosity of the people of Roscommon and Mayo. We are so grateful to everyone who made this possible,” Martina said.

“Fundraising to support our services continues and anyone who would like to host a coffee morning in aid of Hospice is welcome and can contact our office on 094-9388666 for more information.

“The official date for Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning Social is Thursday, September 22nd but people are welcome to host their own coffee morning at any time that suits them,” she concluded.