New Building Plans

Mayo Hospice

Mayo Hospice / Palliative Care Centre

The Mayo Hospice is located in Knockaphunta, Castlebar. (Postcode F23 YY40)
The Hospice is located within a small cul-de-sac development, containing St. Anthony's School and HSE residential centres and the Rural training centre and is within walking distance of the Mayo General Hospital, Lough Lannagh public park and the town centre.

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 and will see it's first patients admitted in 2020.

Recruitment for the Mayo Hospice began in July 2020. Please see below for details:

'We are delighted to announce we are now recruiting for Mayo Hospice (Castlebar) which will open under the governance of the Galway Hospice Foundation later this year. This facility has been developed by Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation as a result of the great support received from the people of Mayo and Roscommon.
Applications for these roles will ONLY be accepted by email, as per details below.
The Galway Hospice Foundation has a long history of providing high-quality specialist palliative care services to adults and children with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses throughout Galway city and county, and on the adjoining islands. We are delighted to be now partnering with the HSE and Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation to open the new Hospice in Castlebar.
We are recruiting for the following roles for both our Galway and Mayo facilities:
* Assistant Director of Nursing
* Clinical Nurse Manager I and II
* Staff Nurses
Applicants must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) and ideally possess a Post-Graduate qualification in Palliative Care / Oncology.
A wide range of benefits will be on offer to successful candidates, such as support for further education and development, competitive salary, subsidised restaurant, free parking, as well as working with a dedicated and experienced team of professionals.
Closing date for receipt of all applications is 2pm on Wednesday, August 12th, 2020.
Informal enquiries can be made by telephoning Ms Breda King, Director of Nursing on 091-770868 or by email at
Please contact Ann Dolan, Director of HR for a detailed job description and Application Form and with expressions of interest.'

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 site for the Roscommon Hospice is located adjacent to Roscommon Hospital in a site known as Hannon's field.

The project was granted planning permission in June 2019, the sod was turned in January 2020 and construction began in March and will take approximately 14 months to complete.

The Roscommon facility will provide Day Care and Community Care and an 8 Bed In-Patient Unit providing respite and end of life 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 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.

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.

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.