How we've helped: nursing services
Our Night Nursing Service allows ill patients to receive end-of-life care at home, surrounded by their families and supported by the home care nursing team. This is the only free, out-of-hours nursing service available to cancer patients in Ireland.
Night Nurses sit with the patient through the night, providing nursing care, practical support and reassurance. Our funding ensures that the night nursing care is free of charge for up to ten nights.
Demand for this service has grown an average of 11% per year over the past six years:
- Every night, there are about 30 nurses around the country in homes caring for our loved ones
- On average, we employ over 220 night nurses nationwide
The main challenge ahead for night nursing relates to meeting the ever-growing demand for this service. We fulfill 95% of requests for this service.
"Night nursing is an invaluable service. [There's an] almost palpable sense of relief and gratitude expressed by so many families who are reassured by the knowledge that their loved one is well cared for and comfortable. It is a privilege to be able to support [families] at this special, albeit difficult time."
-Irish Cancer Society Night Nurse Laura Halwax
"I would like to thank you for the wonderful service that we received in the latter stages of my late husband's recent illness. The night nurses did a wonderful job. I don't know how we would have got through it without their help and support. Irish Cancer Society Night Nurse Mary was with us for Paul's last few nights and when he passed away, she gave us great help and support."
-family in Westmeath