Plans for the children's hospital in Tallaght began in the 1980's. The Adelaide and Meath Hospital, incorporating The National Children's Hospital opened on the 21st June 1998. The National Children's Hospital to-day comprises of a children's emergency department, children's x-ray, children's outpatient's department, children's operating theatre and the following ward areas:
Beech Ward: a 16 bedded surgical ward for children aged over one year of age requiring management of conditions such as Ear Nose & Throat (ENT), Orthopaedic and General Surgery.
Beech Day Ward: a 10-bedded / cot unit, where children requiring surgery and medical investigations/treatment are managed during the day time. Children and young people attending the Day Ward generally go-home on the same day following their surgery or investigations or treatment. Should the need arise they are admitted to the inpatient wards.
Maple Ward: has 21 cubicles, including five parent and child rooms. Children aged 0-1 year requiring management of medical and surgical conditions are generally admitted to Maple Ward. However, children or young people older than one year may also be admitted to Maple Ward if their condition requires him/her to be nursed in a single room.
Oak Ward: consists of 21 beds/cots and three High Dependency Unit (HDU) beds/cots. Oak ward is the children's medical/surgical ward for children older than 12 months of age admitted for management of an acute medical and surgical condition. Children of all ages needing close observation are nursed in the HDU.
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CHI Advice for Families this Weekend - Help Us Help You this Winter
Friday, November 29th 2019 Our Emergency Departments (EDs) continue to experience extreme pressures, resulting in long waiting times for non-urgent cases. In advance of the weekend we are asking all families if their child’s care is not urgent to help us, help them during this busy period in our EDs.
This morning there were 24 patients waiting for admission to an inpatient bed in EDs across the three children’s hospitals, compared to 14 yesterday morning. We would like to reassure parents and families that our EDs are open, however patients attending may experience long delays. If your child is seriously ill or you are worried that their life may be at risk, please attend our ED and we will assess and treat your child as a priority. We are advising that any child who is 16 years of age or over should attend the adult service unless directed to a paediatric facility by a specialist team.
Our staff are working hard to manage this busy period. CHI wishes to apologise to any families who may have an increased wait for their child to be admitted and to those families whose children may have had their elective admission postponed at short notice.
CHI at Crumlin, Temple Street and Tallaght have deferred all elective admissions scheduled for today. These are being reviewed by the hospitals each day and patients affected will be contacted directly by the hospital.
Dr Ciara Martin, Paediatric Executive Lead, CHI says “RSV is one of many winter viruses children get. We tend to see it in the winter, with October/November and then February/March being the peak times. In many instances all these illnesses can be successfully treated at home, with a visit to the GP, pharmacist or out-of-hours GP replacing a long wait in Emergency Departments.”
‘Our advice for any child or infant who gets flu like symptoms is they should stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and parents can use over-the-counter remedies like paracetamol to ease flu symptoms. If parents are worried about their child’s breathing or fluid intake or if any young child or infant is in one of the high-risk groups and develops flu-like symptoms they should contact their GP/Out of Hours service.’
Considering that this respiratory virus will remain at peak for the next three to four weeks, parents/guardians should also avoid bringing very small babies to social occasions where they may pick up an infection. CHI continues to work closely with the Clinical Directors and hospital management in the three hospitals to ensure that every effort is made to manage this situation and that those experiencing long waiting times in our EDs are managed as safely and quickly as possible. Our hospitals have opened additional wards to help manage the current surge of admissions.
CHI operate cross city bed management for admissions from our three EDs and our Urgent Care Centre at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown to an inpatient bed. Therefore, patients who are clinically assessed as requiring treatment and care as an inpatient may be admitted to any one of our children’s hospital sites, at Crumlin, Temple Street or Tallaght which will improve the flow of patients moving through our hospitals and ensures safe, timely and efficient delivery of services to patients and their families.
Dr Martin says: “If you’re worried about your child; if they’ve got a sprain or a break, mild asthma, gastroenteritis or need a few stitches, CHI at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown is the perfect environment to bring you child for treatment’. The Urgent Care Centre is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm’ Further information is available on https://childrenshealthireland.ie/connolly/urgent-care-centre/
See www.undertheweather.ie which gives practical, common sense Further information and advice for parents and guardians on dealing with many common illnesses like colds, flu, earaches, sore throats, tummy bugs and rashes.
Children's Health Ireland Statement
Monday 25th November 2019 Over this weekend, Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) have seen an increase in the number of young children and infants presenting to their Emergency Departments (EDs). This morning there were 22 patients waiting for admission to an inpatient bed in the three children’s Emergency Departments compared to 11 for the same period last week. Any long waiting time for children in EDs is regrettable. This increase in numbers is in part a result of higher rates of the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) which causes infections of the lungs and respiratory tract, flu and norovirus (known as the winter vomiting bug), all of which circulate at this time of year. Our advice for any parent/guardian whose child or infant who gets flu like symptoms is they should stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and use over-the-counter remedies like paracetamol to ease flu symptoms. If parents are worried about their child’s breathing or fluid intake or if any young child or infant is in a high-risk groups and develops flu like symptoms they should contact their GP. To cope with this increase in our EDs CHI is restricting all elective and routine inpatient procedures in the coming weeks. We apologise to families whose children may have to have their procedures postponed at short notice. We are making every effort to improve the situation and will reschedule these at the soonest possible opportunity. Vaccinations rates are increasing and is the best prevention measure if you have not already done so get the flu vaccine now. There is still time to get the vaccine to prevent the onset of flu or to limit its impact. We are asking those people in the at risk groups to get the flu vaccine if they have not already done, people in the high risk group include children with chronic illness requiring regular medical follow-ups such as chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, chronic neurological disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders and diabetes as well as those with lower immunity due to disease or treatment and all cancer patients. The children’s hospitals EDs are open, however patients attending will experience delays at this time. CHI operate cross city bed management for admissions from our three EDs and our Urgent Care Centre at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown to an inpatient bed. Therefore, patients who are clinically assessed as requiring treatment and care as an inpatient may be admitted to any one of our children’s hospital sites, at Crumlin, Temple Street or Tallaght which will improve the flow of patients moving through our hospitals and ensures safe, timely and efficient delivery of services to patients and their families. In order to safely manage all patients in the EDs and the Urgent Care Centre, families of children with minor and less urgent complaints are advised if possible, to see their GP/out of hours GP service and local pharmacy first or to come to our new urgent Care centre at CHI at Connolly, further information is available on www.childrenshealthireland.ie/connolly/
Issued by Children’s Health Ireland For further information please contact Valerie Kavanagh Communications Manager Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 087 294 6650
Notes to Editor Further information and advice on flu and other common illnesses are available at the HSE website, www.undertheweather.ie CHI at Connolly has a website where parents can check whether their child’s injury or illness is suitable for treatment at the urgent care centre before they attend an ED www.childrenshealthireland.ie/connolly/ Videos by Dr Ciara Martin, Paediatric Executive Lead, CHI which provide further information and advice as well as the new Urgent Care Centre at Connolly Hospital are available on:
How You and Your Family Can Stay Well This Winter
This winter Children's Health Ireland at Tallaght are encouraging our families to familiarise themselves with the resources available as part of the HSE's Winter Plan 2019/20.
Children's Health Ireland have prepared some videos with advice on how you and your family can stay healthy this winter. Please watch the videos below to learn more.
WATCH: Stay Well this Winter | When to Get Help.
WATCH: Stay Well this Winter | Prevention
WATCH: Stay Well this Winter | Flu, Colds and Croup
WATCH: Stay Well this Winter | Learn more about our Urgent Care Centre at Connolly
WATCH: Stay Well this Winter | Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Click here to read more on the HSE Winter Plan 2019/20