Midlands Hospital Could Be Getting New Hospice Wing

Laois-Offaly Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan is hoping more end of life beds can be created.

A new hospice wing could be built at Portlaoise Regional Hospital.

The Justice Minister is suggesting the idea, noting a shortage of palliative care beds in the area.

The Midlands is the only region in the country without a Specialist Palliative Care Unit. 

Minister Flanagan is making the comments after it emerged at a terminally ill prisoner died in the Midlands Prison in 2018.

The 47 year old inmate was approved for hospice care, but an available bed could not be found.

Laois-Offaly Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan is hoping more end of life beds can be created:

Offaly Hospice launched a fundraising campaign last year to build a 16 bed facility, which would cost €10 million. 

The unit would be built on the grounds of the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore and the HSE will pay the running costs once the facility is built. 

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