Galway Hospice Foundation has today confirmed plans to build a new hospice facility.

The hospice has seen significant increases in demand for services in recent years, and the current hospice site at Renmore is no longer capable of meeting future demands for palliative care services.

The hospice currently operates an 18-bed facility at Renmore, in addition to providing Home-Care and Day-Care services to over 730 clients.

A suitable site for a new state of the art 36-bed facility in close proximity to Merlin Park University Hospital has been identified. In the next few days, Galway Hospice Foundation will formally lodge an application for planning permission with Galway City Council.

The new development will include 36 specialist palliative care beds, a day-care centre, therapy rooms and education facilities.

The planned site for the new hospice at Merlin Park is situated away from the hospital campus. However co-location with the hospital will be hugely beneficial for the hospice, allowing for ease in transferring vulnerable hospice patients who are receiving treatment and for other support services such as X-rays, scans, blood testing, analysis and pharmacy support services.

The HSE agreed to sell the site at Merlin Park to the Galway Hospice Foundation in 2015 and the title to the lands will be transferred once the planning permission has been obtained for the 14 acre site.