Pathfinder Milestone

Pathfinder Milestone

Pathfinder Reach Milestone

First 100 Calls Reached

Pathfinder Kerry, the innovative healthcare initiative that commenced operations in early August 2023, is proud to announce the completion of its 100th call on November 21, 2023.

 Pathfinder Kerry is as a groundbreaking service, designed to deliver personalised care to individuals aged 65 and over who dial 999/112, right in the comfort of their own homes. The Pathfinder Kerry team, consisting of an Advanced Paramedic and an Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist, conducts comprehensive assessments during home visits to determine if individuals can safely remain at home instead of being transported to the Emergency Department of UHK.

 In a remarkable outcome, 74% of the individuals assessed during the first 100 calls successfully continued their care at home, showcasing the effectiveness of Pathfinder Kerry’s tailored approach.

 “We are extremely pleased to be able to offer this service to suitable older people here in our local Kerry community.” said Mary Fitzgerald Hospital Manager, University Hospital Kerry.

 Pathfinder Kerry expresses gratitude to its dedicated team and looks forward to continuing its mission of enhancing the quality of healthcare for the people of Kerry.


Further Information About Pathfinder Kerry:

 Pathfinder Kerry is a transformative healthcare initiative launched in August 2023, providing personalised care to individuals aged 65 and over who contact emergency services. With a focus on in-home assessments, Pathfinder Kerry aims to reduce unnecessary transports to the Emergency Department, ensuring tailored and effective care for the senior community. For full details visit:

Interim Oncology Unit

Interim Oncology Unit

Interim Oncology Unit

Official opening of Oncology Interim Unit

University Hospital Kerry (UHK) is honoured to announce the official opening of its newly renovated Interim Oncology Day Ward on the 10th of November 2023.

Located within the hospital in a reconfigured space of the Ratoo Ward, this dedicated medical oncology unit exemplifies a commitment to patient-centred care and comfort.

The newly transformed unit provides a modern, bright, and compassionate environment, ensuring patients experience privacy and a welcoming atmosphere.  UHK’s teams supported by the CUH oncology Directorate along with HSE Estates  have meticulously planned the interim unit, placing patients and their journeys at the heart of the design.  Patient feedback has been invaluable in shaping this purpose-built space, ensuring it meets the needs of those undergoing treatment. A specific contribution was also made to this Unit by the ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry’ charity in the form of funding for specialist relaxing treatment chairs designed to support our patients with comfort during this challenging time.

When UHK first commenced an oncology service in 2001 there were approximately 831 patients – Today with over 220 new patients annually, there are over 3,000 patients under continuing surveillance with us.  Further, a survivorship[1] clinic has commenced at UHK seeing breast cancer patients initially & plans to expand to other patient cohorts next, to ensure patients have the supports they need to get back to living.   The demand for cancer treatments has significantly increased, with Patients at UHK and elsewhere receiving more treatments for longer.  The number of patients receiving infusional anti-cancer treatment in UHK has in fact increased by 30% since 2019.  All of which has prompted the expansion of the oncology services at UHK. The Interim Unit boasts a 40% increase in capacity, allowing for a more extensive range of treatments, including innovative therapies like immunotherapy.   This expansion not only accommodates the existing growth in patient numbers, it also enables flexible scheduling and urgent treatments.

While this interim unit addresses the immediate needs, UHK is diligently focusing on the development of a permanent stand-alone oncology unit. Currently at the design stage, this future-proofed facility aims to provide safe, timely, and evidence-based care for oncology patients.   Dr Sinead Noonan, Consultant Medical Oncologist, has highlighted that “While this Interim Unit will meet our current demand, it is crucial that we focus our energies now to the development of a permanent stand-alone oncology unit. One which will be future-proofed to provide safe, timely, evidenced-based care to our oncology patients. This planned permanent unit will also enable us to meet the projected doubling of patient numbers over the next ten years.

The UHK Management Team expressed their gratitude to the Palliative Care Services, staff members who relocated from the Ratoo Ward, and the dedicated teams in Estates, Maintenance, and Building Contractors for their invaluable support in making this transition possible.  Mary Fitzgerald said “Your dedication has turned the vision into reality. To all of the staff who worked tirelessly, ensuring a smooth service transition to the new interim Unit.  Thanks to you, our patients will receive the care they need in their new surroundings”

Acknowledging the exceptional dedication of UHK’s oncology team, including nurses, clinical nurse specialists, advanced nurse practitioners, registrars, consultants, and support staff, the hospital also extended its heartfelt thanks to the people of Kerry.  Their unwavering support has played a pivotal role in bringing holistic, patient-centred oncology care closer to home.

Paediatrics Area in ED

Paediatrics Area in ED

Paediatrics Area in ED

Redecorated Paediatrics Area in UHK’S ED Department Honors Late Nurse Kerrie Browne

The Browne family unveiled the newly redecorated Paediatrics area in the Emergency Department of University Hospital Kerry (UHK) on Wednesday, September 27th, 2023. This heartfelt initiative pays tribute to their beloved daughter and sister, Kerrie Browne, whose memory will forever be honoured at UHK.

Kerrie Browne, a compassionate and dedicated nurse, tragically lost her life on October 2nd, 2019. Prior to working at UHK, Kerrie had worked as an agency nurse in London for five years. Her return to Ireland was marked by her vivacious work as a nurse at UHK, where she quickly made an indelible mark on her colleagues. In the spirit of remembering Kerrie’s vibrant personality and her love for travel, the Browne family organised the Kerrie Browne Memorial 5K Run in Brosna on January 5th, 2020, raising an impressive €7,000 for University Hospital Kerry.

The central feature of the redecorated Paediatrics area is its captivating murals, a symbol of Kerrie’s passion for exploration and adventure. The Paediatric waiting area is embellished with wall to wall muralling which include a World Map, recognising Kerrie’s love of travel. Inside the paediatric cubicles, our paediatric patients will find a park-themed design complete with a park bench, adorned with the heartfelt inscription, In loving memory of Kerrie Browne; In a thoughtful addition, one of the Paediatric bays, Bay-3, has been redecorated with a muted colour scheme, creating a comfortable environment for children who may have visual sensitivities.

The redecorated Paediatrics space in the Emergency Department will continue providing essential services while now also creating an environment that fosters healing and comfort. The addition of these murals have absolutely transformed an everyday space into a vibrant and child-friendly area, delivering an audio/visual separation from the adult ED space.

The UHK team expresses profound gratitude to the Browne Family for their remarkable generosity. The Browne family’s dedication to preserving Kerrie’s memory through this exceptional redecoration project serves as a testament to their unwavering love and enduring commitment to Kerrie’s memory.

Generations of children to come will have their Emergency Department experience, greatly enhanced, by this uplifting and touching gesture the Browne family have enabled through their fundraising, to Kerry’s legacy.

Snowdrop Room

Snowdrop Room

University Hospital Kerry Unveils the Snowdrop Room

 University Hospital Kerry (UHK) is proud to introduce the “Snowdrop Room” in its Maternity Department, a dedicated space for parents coping with the loss of a pregnancy or perinatal death.  This compassionate initiative aligns with HSE National Standards for Bereavement Care and offers a private sanctuary for bereaved parents.

Designed with the utmost care, the Snowdrop Room provides a serene, sensitive, and private space for parents who have experienced the heartbreak of pregnancy loss. It exemplifies UHK’s Values personified by the hospital’s unwavering commitment to providing comfort and dignity during these challenging moments in life.

The room’s development included valuable input from bereaved parents themselves, ensuring it meets their unique needs. This heartfelt endeavour has resulted in a quiet, respectful space where parents can connect with healthcare professionals to navigate their journey of loss.

Carrie Dillon, Clinical Midwife Specialist at UHK outlined During the process, we found it very beneficial to hear the thoughts and opinions of bereaved parents and to recognise and understand what they needed from such a space. We are also extremely grateful to the bereaved parents who turned their own experience of pregnancy loss into an opportunity to fundraise for this invaluable sensitive space within our Maternity Services.

The official opening of the Snowdrop Room is especially poignant as it precedes Baby Loss Awareness Week, observed from October 9th to 15th.  UHK stands beside families during this significant week, offering a Service of Remembrance to acknowledge and remember those touched by loss.

The “Snowdrop Room” project was a collaborative effort, driven by the Clinical Midwife Specialist in Bereavement and the  UHK Bereavement Committee which includes a patient representative.  We at UHK are very grateful for the funding of this project which was made possible through the National Women and Infants Health Programme as well as the fundraising donations received from bereaved parents.


UHK’s Service of Remembrance for Parents and their families who have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, fetal anomaly, stillbirth or neonatal death. The service takes place on Monday 9th of October at 7pm in the Hospital Chapel of Christ the Healer – all are welcome to attend. 

Symphony of Care Series

Symphony of Care Series

Stories from University Hospital Kerry

The Symphony of Care Video Series

The Symphony of Care video series, showcased on, offers a captivating glimpse into the lives of the People of UHK.

In this compelling series, we shine a spotlight on the incredible individuals who make up the backbone of UHK. From the dedicated nurses ensuring compassionate care, to the skilled consultants driving medical excellence, and the incredible support staff who keep the hospital running smoothly, each episode of Symphony of Care provides a personal and inspiring perspective from some of the team in UHK.

Through candid interviews, some of the People of UHK share their unique stories, recount their meaningful experiences, and reveal the unwavering sense of purpose and teamwork that fuels their daily efforts. It’s an opportunity to connect with the faces behind the healthcare, to understand their motivations, and to appreciate the dedication that goes into every patient’s well-being.

Take a moment to explore the Symphony of Care series and discover the uplifting stories from some of UHK’s incredible team.

Join us in celebrating the incredible People of UHK and the remarkable work they do. Explore the Symphony of Care series today and be inspired by their compelling stories: PEOPLE OF UHK VIDEOS

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The Transformative Power of Palliative Care

The Transformative Power of Palliative Care

Embrace Today, Prepare for Tomorrow

The Transformative Power of Palliative Care

Damien Moyles, Deputy Manager/Operations Manager, Regina Eviston, End of Life Care Coordinator, Karen Lovett, Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Children with Life Limiting Illness and Palliative Care, Dr. Martin Boyd, ED Consultant.

Understanding the Future to Enhance the Present—At the Heart of Palliative Care

Palliative Care is more than medical treatment. It’s a comprehensive approach to health that transcends age, diagnosis, and stage of illness. Its aim is to alleviate symptoms and improve the quality of life for those facing life-limiting conditions and their families.

This Year’s Theme: “Palliative Care: Live Better Today by Preparing for Tomorrow”

This year, our Palliative Care Week campaign takes on a vital message: embracing the reality of our future health enables us to live fuller, more meaningful lives today. Whether it’s for you or a loved one, understanding what tomorrow may hold makes today’s choices clearer, and today’s life richer.

During Palliative Care Week, the End of Life Care Committee at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) is partnering with the Irish Hospice Foundation to introduce the Think Ahead Planning Pack. This valuable resource empowers individuals and their families to plan for the future while maximizing the quality of their current lives.

Why Awareness Matters

Palliative care is not just about treating symptoms; it’s about life planning. By acknowledging future needs, individuals and families can better manage emotional, spiritual, and practical matters today. Healthcare providers also benefit; understanding a patient’s wishes and needs for the future can guide more personalized, effective care now.

This Palliative Care Week, let’s all take a moment to appreciate the importance of living for today while thoughtfully planning for tomorrow. The wisdom to acknowledge the future is the key to enhancing the quality of our present lives.

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