New Building Plans
The proposed site is on HSE lands in Knockaphunta, Castlebar, now in the ownership of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation and accessed from the Humbert Way.
The lands are located within a small cul-de-sac development, containing St. Anthony School and HSE residential centres and the Rural training centre and are within walking distance of the Mayo General Hospital, Lough Lannagh public park and the town centre. This enclave overlooks a large open space amenity where Mayo County Council plans to deliver a new running track and football fields, which will add activity to the area.
The Mayo facility consists of Day Care, Community Care and a 14 Bed In-Patient Unit providing symptom control support, respite and end of life services.
The facility will be shared and supported by the HSE, the Home Care Team, Administration Section and Central Support Service.
A café, shop and reflection room will be publicly accessible, which will add vitality and increase awareness of the hospice works in the community.
We have used the natural landscape of trees, water, planted courtyards and gardens to organise and define the three core areas within the centre:
- Reception & Public Areas: entered through a tree lined south facing forecourt
- Day Care Centre is organized around a central private garden, providing patients with privacy.
- The In-patient Palliative Care Centre is also organized between an external courtyard
providing a sheltered amenity and a therapeutic garden to the south.
Roscommon Hospice / Palliative Care Centre
The proposed site is on HSE lands to the rear of the existing Roscommon General Hospital, Roscommon.
It is proposed to provide access to the new Palliative Care Centre from the extended existing visitors carpark.
A new internal link will be created to connect the hospice to the hospital and allow the sharing of therapies and services for patients, staff and visitors alike.
The Roscommon facility will provide Day Care and Community Care and a 8 Bed In-Patient Unit providing respite and end of life services.
The facility will be shared with the RCH and supported by the HSE, the Home Care Team, an Administration Section and Central Support Services.
We will use the natural landscape of trees, planted courtyards and gardens to organise and define the two core areas within the centre.
- Day Care Centre is organized around a central private garden, providing patients with a privacy -
- The In-patient Palliative Care Centre is also organized between an external courtyard providing
a sheltered amenity and a therapeutic garden to the south.
Our Teams aspiration for this project is to provide an environment which creates welcoming, relaxed and sheltered surroundings for patient, their families and visiting friends.
This project is more about the creation of a place which will provide a little haven or Cuan Beag and less about the construction of a building with blocks and mortar but for anyone who needs it.
Simple building forms with pitched slate roofs and natural materials of limestone and timber frame windows create a familiar and vernacular approach. A natural dry stone wall bounds the site, which we intend to reinforce with a line of trees to create a sense of enclosure. The café, entrance lobby and volunteers spaces overlook the forecourt and a sun terrace breaks out into the garden area. Behind the dense landscape setting lies the therapeutic gardens of the
In-Patient Palliative Care Centre providing a peaceful and spiritual space within the natural environment.
Communal Public Areas
Hospice / Palliative Care is historically provided in the home and we believe that this facility should have a home like setting in scale, creating an informal setting to meet and chat to people, with a strong emphasis on the therapeutic value of human contact and providing options to move to and from the outdoors with relative ease.
We wish to create a building which is inviting and engaging not only to the patient but to the staff, visitor and wider community. Reception areas, reflection room, shop and the café area will be open and accessible to the general public, giving a sense of ownership to the people and creating vitality, awareness and encouraging social interaction within the building. From the reception area, the visitor will be guided to either the Day Care Centre, In-Patient Unit or the various other support services available.
Day Care & Community Care
The day room is the hub of the Day Care Centre, where a multi-discipline service is tailored to meet the individual patient needs. The day care service will provide personal care facilities, medical treatments, and rehabilitation for patients being cared for at home. The day room or living room is a secure environment and should feel like an extension of home with soft furnishings, kitchen facilities and easy access to the garden. There is no overlooking into this space which allows patients to relax, confide and take respite for the day.
There will be a continuation of the current ‘Palliative Home Care Service’ for patients who prefer to have their care undertaken in the home, and for appropriate patients in nursing homes and community hospitals across the region.
Palliative Care In-Patient Unit
The inpatient unit is organized around an external courtyard or garden. Communal rooms for patients, family, teenagers and staff open out into this space and a south facing sun terrace is provided within this sheltered landscape. The circulation street also wraps around this courtyard providing incidental seating areas, access to the private rooms, the central sitting room and out to the therapeutic garden and woodland beyond.
This variety of communal spaces, public and private rooms, each organized within a considered landscaped setting of courtyards, gardens, terraces and woodland provides for an interactive, humane and sensory environment for all its users, patient and staff alike. We endeavour to provide a physical facility of both internal and external spaces, which will play a composite role in each person’s wellbeing and to provide a dignified setting for every individual to die with peace.
Patient Privacy and Support
The bedroom suites have been designed and considered as the patient’s private haven.
Each single room is en-suite and is provided with direct access to a private patio and garden area which extends to the therapeutic garden beyond.
A day bed, which doubles as a sofa is provided within the bay window of each bedroom, providing a choice of respite throughout the day for the patient and to also allow a family member or friend to rest in the room if required.
Accommodation for Families
A designated visitors apartment is also provided within the facility for those who wish to remain on the premises, should this need arise.