Palliative Care

Dr. Norma O Leary

Consultant in Palliative Medicine

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Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. It aims to provide the best quality of life for patients and their families who face problems associated with life-limiting illness.

Patients may be referred to Palliative Care if they have complex symptoms such as pain, nausea, shortness of breath, or complex psychological or social needs related to their condition, despite care being provided by other professionals.

Referral to the Palliative Care Team is made by the hospital consultant who is responsible for the patient’s care. Referrals may be made to provide advice and specialist support for:

  • Symptom Control.
  • Psychological or Social Distress.
  • End of Life Care.
  • Future Care Planning.

Patients may be seen as inpatients, outpatients or in the Haematology Oncology Day Centre (HODC) at St. James’s Hospital.

The team works closely with Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Harold’s Cross and Blackrock, Dublin, which provides inpatient care, day hospice, outpatients and community services.


‌The team comprises two medical consultants, a registrar, three clinical nurse specialists and a social worker. 

Contact and Clinic Times








Outpatients Department


Palliative Care Secretary
Tel: 01 4162389 (Answering machine)





Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists
Tel: 01 4162695 / 2951
Tel: 01 4162389 (Answering machine)


A guide to Palliative Care services at St. James’s Hospital and
Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services, Harolds Cross.

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services:

St. Francis Hospice:

Irish Association for Palliative Care: