Residents of the village of Rostrevor are developing a new night time palliative service to help patients who wish to die at home in the Rostrevor, Warrenpoint & Burren area. 

The medical and advisory initiative is being spearheaded by local residents committee which includes local GP Henry Mc Laughlin, nurses Glenda Hughes and Dympna Devlin both of whom have significant experience in palliative care.

Pictured at the launch of Life and Time. Committee members with guest speakers back row, from left, Martin Og McGinn, Marie McConville, John McGinn. Front: Guest speaker Tony Williamson, Committee Chairperson Dr. Henry McLaughlin and guest speaker Roisin Franklin.
Pictured at the launch of Life and Time. Committee members with guest speakers back row, from left, Martin Og McGinn, Marie McConville, John McGinn. Front: Guest speaker Tony Williamson, Committee Chairperson Dr. Henry McLaughlin and guest speaker Roisin Franklin.

Life & Time Director, GP Henry Mc Laughlin said: “Currently local residents who wish to die at home are supported during day time hours by combination of local GP, Macmillan & Marie Curie nurses, district nurses and carers. 

“A Twilight District Nurse service operates until 11pm alongside ‘Out of Hours’ services. However, ‘Out of Hours’ is also responsible for emergency cases and delays in home visits are inevitable. 

“In some cases, the Marie Curie Service can assist by providing overnight stay but rarely more than three nights a week. A roving Marie Curie Service is available, but with just one nurse allocated to the entire Southern Board area, the responsiveness of that service is sometimes limited.”

“It is here, during these often difficult night times hours, that LIFE & TIME see a gap in support – so the proposed new service will focus on fundraising to service this need,” explained Dr McLaughlin. 

LIFE & TIME is a proposal in its infancy, but is being developed in order to offer advice or administration of medication after 11pm – where existing services are unavailable in a timely fashion. The company is in the process of applying for Charity status. 

It’s intended that Life & Time will provide a qualified person to be available either by phone to provide advice and - where required - stay overnight to support the patient and family. 

It is anticipated that the service would be community based and funded, operating in compliment to existing services.

In order to run the project, LIFE & TIMES need to raise funds and alongside that wish to recruit nurses and/or doctors to staff and deliver the service. 

To kick start the initiative the Rostrevor group of cyclists, THE ROSSI, have committed to undertake a 140 mile cycle from Rostrevor to Lough Neagh in August whilst other events are planned for later in the year.

LIFE & TIME hosted a public information session in the GAA Clubrooms Rostrevor on Sunday past and similar Public Information Sessions are due to take place in Warrenpoint & Burren in the coming weeks.

Anyone interested in hearing more about the project please visit Life & Time on facebook or Twitter @lifeandtimecare