ehospice Ireland joins a team from around the world publishing hospice and palliative care news, views and inspiration from countries and regions including the UK, South Africa, Kenya, the USA, India, Latin America, Australia and Canada.
The launch editor of ehospice Ireland will be well known journalist and former editor of the Irish Independent, Claire Grady.
The edition will be accessible from the ehospice home page from next month.
David Praill, Chair of ehospice and CEO of Hospice UK, said: “We are delighted that the Irish Hospice Foundation is launching an Ireland edition of ehospice. The vision of ehospice is to improve patient care by ensuring everyone working in hospice and palliative care is part of a networked world.
“ehospice Ireland will provide those working in the sector an opportunity to share their news and good practice with colleagues in Ireland and globally, leading to better care for more people and greater awareness of hospice and palliative care.”
ehospice launched in October 2012 and has had almost half a million users and over 2.5 million page views. It is available on mobile and desktop websites as well as an iPad and iPhone app. An Android app is currently in development.
Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, said ehospice Ireland is an important development for the entire hospice movement on the island.
“It will provide a dedicated online platform – not in existence in Ireland at the moment – for health professionals, policy makers and service users to share news, views and analysis on hospice and palliative care, bereavement and end of life issues.
“ehospice Ireland will offer a single point of access to intelligence and good practice from around the world and will help professionals here keep up to date. It will also give a voice to those receiving care and an opportunity to tell their individual stories and will help create awareness of what palliative care is, and dispel some of the myths.
“I believe ehospice Ireland will increase the profile of the sector here, thereby helping raise awareness around the important issues.”
The ehospice Ireland team will include editor Claire Grady, Miriam Donohoe, Head of Communications with the Irish Hospice Foundation (and former senior editor with the Irish Times) and Mary Ellen Breen, IHF Communications Officer (and former editor with the Waterford News & Star).
ehospice Ireland can be contacted by emailing email@example.com or calling +3531 6793188.