Palliative Care Services


Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation in association with HSE West funds specialist palliative care services, which are free of charge, to patients and families living with life-limiting illness in counties Mayo and Roscommon. Palliative care services are available to patients in their homes and hospitals.  Our mission is to care and support while meeting both the physical and emotional needs of patients and their loved ones.  This vital service enables patients to live life to the full in comfort and dignity by improving their quality of life through pain control and alleviating other distressing symptoms.  Patients are referred to Hospice by either their General Practitioner or their hospital consultant. See more information here.


Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation (“MRHF”) was founded in 1993 to fund Palliative Care Services in both counties.  The service has grown from one nurse & a doctor to a team of over 30 professionals and is funded by MRHF in partnership with the HSE.


MRHF funds the following:



MRHF provides substantial funding towards the cost of the Palliative Homecare Teams in Mayo and Roscommon. As a result of our donors and supporters generosity, there is 7 day palliative care services in both counties. In 2020 over 900 patients were looked after by the teams, all receiving dignity and respect throughout their difficult journey. This would not be possible without the support of so many communities and donors throughout the counties, and beyond for MRHF charitable purpose.


Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation own both of their Hospices, and are co-funders for the operational costs with the HSE.


MRHF will complete the construction of an 8 Bed Hospice in Roscommon in September 2021. The cost of purchasing the site and construction is just over €6m, all coming from fundraised income. This is a huge undertaking but MRHF is determined to ensure that patients with life limiting illnesses from Mayo and Roscommon have the best possible facilities, where they can be cared for with dignity and respect.


The Roscommon facility will provide Day Care, 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.


The Saolta Group will be responsible for the Clinical & Operational Governance of the Roscommon Hospice through Roscommon University Hospital. We are incredibly grateful to the management and staff for their support in this collaboration. MRHF is committed to meeting any funding shortfalls that should occur, to ensure the service is ongoing.


After years of fundraising, the Mayo Hospice was completed in 2019, at a cost of €9m, all coming from fundraised income.


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 is a 14-bed inpatient unit with day-care facilities. There’s also a café, shop and reflection room that is 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.


MRHF have entered into an agreement with a partner to provide Clinical and Operational Governance of the Mayo Hospice. The HSE are co-funders of the Mayo Hospice, however MRHF has ultimate responsibility for ensuring adequate resources are in place to cover all costs associated with the operation of the Mayo Hospice. As such, in the event additional funding is required, the amount and purpose will be discussed and agreed with MRHF personnel. MRHF shall ensure that the necessary funding for Mayo Hospice shall be ring fenced within their annual and tri-annual budgets as a priority item.


This would not be possible without the generous support of our volunteers, fundraisers and support groups.






MRHF have provided this service for the last 17 years through their Family Therapist Laura Coleman. She is a clinical Psychotherapist with a degree in Psychology, and a qualified play therapist. Her work involves a range of therapies including support for the patient and their families. Her workload steadily increased throughout 2020. She is supporting a number of families who have been affected by Covid 19.  Also, many people she had worked with in the past, pre-pandemic, felt their grief was triggered again by the isolation of lockdown. The feelings they had experienced after the initial loss of their loved one was brought up again which magnified the loneliness that accompanied lockdown and led them back to me for further support. Unfortunately, there are many people out there who have been living alone since the death of their loved one and are really struggling to cope. We are proud to provide the support they so badly need.



  • Office accommodation for the palliative home care teams
  • Agency Nurses to cover leave not covered by the HSE, in order to maintain the 7 day service
  • Additional night nursing service in association with ICS & IHF
  • Family support budget (financial assistance, transport for treatment and accommodation
  • Funding for specialist equipment for patients
  • Bereavement support for families
  • Clinical Supervision for the Palliative Care Teams
  • Additional Counselling for families as requested by the Palliative Teams
  • Part Funding of Palliative Care Consultant for the Mayo Hospice
  • Equipping and Fit-out of the Mayo Hospice
  • Shortfalls in Funding for both Hospices will be met by MRHF




Now that the extensive Capital Development Programme undertaken by MRHF will be complete in 2021, MRHF have formed a Group from the Board of Directors, who along with the CEO are working to develop a five year strategy from 2022 to 2026.

MRHF will continue to fund all of the above, but are also working to develop palliative care services further in Mayo & Roscommon, both in the community and in the Hospices.