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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