Wednesday, 8 October 2003
Dáil Eireann Debate
164. Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of palliative care nurses employed by the East Coast Area Health Board; the location of each; the area of responsibility of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22593/03]
The responsibility of a specialist palliative care nurse is to assess the palliative care needs of clients and implement planned care in conjunction with the public health nurse and general practitioner. They are also involved in the provision of specialist care, advice and support for people in the advanced stage of disease. Their duties further include the monitoring of pain and other distressing symptoms in consultation with medical staff in the hospital and the general practitioner. In addition, they provide counselling, advice and appropriate support to the terminally ill and their families.
165. Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Health and Children if there is a palliative care nurse based in south Wicklow; if not, when this position will be filled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22594/03]
Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Martin): As the Deputy will be aware, the responsibility for the provision of health services in the Wicklow area rests with the East Coast Area Health Board under the aegis of the Eastern Regional Health Authority. My Department raised the matter with the Eastern Regional Health Authority, which has advised that there are currently two palliative care nurses based in Wentworth Place, Wicklow, covering north and south-east  Wicklow, together with an additional vacant post, which has recently been advertised.
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