How to Access Us

Children medically diagnosed with a life-limiting condition can be admitted to LauraLynn – referrals are accepted for children from birth up to their 18th birthday.  All care provided to children and their family is free of charge.


Who can refer?

We accept referrals to our children’s palliative care service from families or any medical or healthcare professionals involved with the family.  On receipt of a referral further information maybe sought from the child’s medical and multidisciplinary team.


Who can Refer


Download Referral FAQ’s

Download Eligibility Tool

Download Referral Form


Urgent Referrals

These can made at any time and we will respond quickly. Ring LauraLynn Reception on 01 2993151 and request to speak the Clinical Nurse Specialist or Doctor.  For out of hours, ring LauraLynn House 01 268 6666 and ask to speak to the senior Nurse on duty.

You can download the following documents for further information on our service:

Further Information: E: T: 01 2893151 F: 01 2899972


Referral may be appropriate during all stages of care:

1. Diagnosis or recognition of life-limiting condition

2. Living with a life-limiting Condition

3. Recognition of End-of-Life


Categories of Referrals

      Category 1

    • Life-threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail.
    • Where access to palliative care services may be necessary when treatment fails.
    • Children in long-term remission or following successful curative treatment are not included.
    • Examples: malignancies, irreversible organ failures of heart, liver, kidney.

      Category 2

    • Conditions where premature death is inevitable, where there may be long periods of intensive treatment aimed at prolonging life and allowing participation in normal activities.
    • Example: Cystic Fibrosis, Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy.

      Category 3

    • Progressive conditions without curative treatment options, where treatment is exclusively palliative and may commonly extend over many years.
    • Examples: Battendisease, mucopolysaccharidoses, muscular dystrophy.

      Category 4

    • Irreversible but non–progressive conditions causing severe disability leading to susceptibility to health complications and likelihood of premature death.
    • Examples:severe cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities such as following brain or spinal cord insult.


Consider the following questions around prognosis for further guidance:

    • Diagnosis or recognition:  Would you be surprised if this child died as a result of this condition or problem?
    • Death before adulthood:  Would you be surprised if this child died before adulthood (18th birthday)?
    • Increasing instability:  Would you be surprised if this child died in the next few months to years? Would you be surprised if this child died in the next five years?
    • Critical illness or end of life:  Would you be surprised if this child was alive in a few weeks time?


Other points for consideration with regard to general health status:

    • Unpredictable/ deteriorating health, including frequent unplanned hospital admissions or discussions around Advance Care Planning and Resuscitation Status
    • Support around symptoms that are difficult to manage i.e. Pain, Seizures, Secretions
    • Significant disease progression i.e. Changes in ability to cough, gag or swallow with subsequent increased reliance on suctioning and oxygen.


Unsuccessful Referral

If  the child or teenager is refused, we will always reconsider a future referral if their condition changes or new information becomes available. Similarly, there is a regular review of each child currently supported by LauraLynn.



Prior to admission to LauraLynn all children must have the most up-to-date vaccinations available to them including the Hepatitis B vaccine.  A record of vaccinations must be given to the nurse in charge before first admission.

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Get in Touch!

Talk to us at LauraLynn

01 289 3151