Meet the Consultant

Dr. Lucy Balding

Consultant, Palliative Care Medicine

Phone: 01 4162389
Email: palliativecare@stjames.ie

Speciality: Palliative Care

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Biography

Dr. Lucy Balding is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine, and works in both St James’s Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in Harold’s Cross. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2003 and completed her higher specialist training in Ireland, having trained in acute hospital, hospice and community settings in Galway, Waterford, Cork and Dublin.  She completed a Masters in Leadership and Management Development through the Royal College of Surgeons in 2012.  She took up her consultant post in Palliative Medicine in St James’s Hospital in 2012.  Currently, she is the Regional Representative on the National Clinical Programme for Palliative Care (an initiative of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Health Service Executive) and is involved in numerous national projects with the aim of ensuring that persons with life-limiting conditions and their families can easily access a level of palliative care service that is appropriate to their needs, regardless of care setting or diagnosis.  She is co-author of the National Clinical Guideline for the Pharmacological Management of Cancer Pain in Adults and has a special interest in safe prescribing of opioids.  She lectures the undergraduate medical students of Trinity College Dublin, as well as postgraduate medical and multidisciplinary teaching.  She has a keen interest in healthcare informatics and how technology can improve communication and patient care.