National Rehabilitation Hospital

Patient Advocacy & Liaison Service

The Patient Advocacy & Liaison Service (PALS) at NRH is based on the guidelines of the Citizens Information Board (CIB), formerly Comhairle, a statutory body which has drafted guidelines for the development of an Advocacy service. It sees the role of the advocate as assisting, supporting and representing the person with a disability to apply for and obtain a social service or to pursue a review or appeal.

“Any service provided by a statutory or voluntary body which is available to the public and includes but is not limited to, services in relation to health.”

The Comhairle Amendment Bill, 2004, Page 3

The PALS Service

PALS provides a friendly, confidential, impartial service for patients, their families / carers and staff of the National Rehabilitation Hospital.

The hospital advocate will:

  • Aim to meet with at least 80% of patients within two weeks of their admission
  • Listen to comments or concerns that patients and/or families may have and address these where possible
  • Resolve issues/verbal complaints, at local level and in a timely non-confrontational manner.
  • Advise patients of our formal complaints system and offer them support / assistance through this process if required
  • Liaise/mediate between staff and patient should any difficulties arise
  • Gather verbal complaint statistics for the HSE quarterly reports
  • Issue quarterly reports to the NRH Executive Committee
  • Be a voice for the patient, for example, represent the patients’ interests on committees, for example:
    • The Patients’ Forum
    • Rights of the Persons Served Committee
    • Communications Committee

During their stay in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, patients and their family/carers are encouraged to avail of the service in order to help resolve any issues or concerns they may have as quickly as possible, in order that the patient may work with their rehabilitation team in a positive way.

The Principles of PALS

  • Empowerment of the patient where possible
  • Respect for the patient’s wishes
  • Acting in the patient’s best interest
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Acting with diligence and competence

Contact Number for the Patient Advocacy & Liaison Service :  01 235 5451

Notice Of Privacy Practices In Relation To Your Health Care Record

This Notice describes how the hospital may use and disclose your health information when you receive services and treatment at the National Rehabilitation Hospital. The Notice Of Privacy Practice is available for download. To open the Notice you will require Adobe® Reader® Version 5.0 or later, which can be downloaded for free. Please note, this is a large download and may involve a lengthy period of internet access.

Patient’s Charter

In 1994 the Minister for Health introduced the Patient’s Charter. It outlines the rights of the hospital patient i.e. the right to access hospital services, the right to visitors, the right to privacy, the right to complain, etc.

Every effort is made by Hospital staff to ensure that sympathetic attention and care is given to all our patients.

The Patient’s Charter is available in English, Polish and Russian. To open the Charter you will require Adobe® Reader® Version 5.0 or later, which can be downloaded for free. Please note, this is a large download and may involve a lengthy period of internet access.