For years, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children has delivered world-class care, but this has become difficult in recent times due to poor facilities and an increase in demand.
Over 80,000 children visit the hospital’s Outpatients Department each year. For children with chronic or long term illnesses, being able to stay at home is better for their recovery, but this means regular visits to Crumlin Hospital. For some children, this could be several times a month and the facilities they are forced to endure during these visits are simply not good enough.
For many, these appointments mean long waits in crowded corridors surrounded by other sick children in various states of distress. While this can be very upsetting for children, it also a unpleasant experience for stressed and worried parents.
Upgrading the Outpatients Department is long overdue, and sick children are out of time. Their illnesses and life-threatening conditions ignore schedules and circumstance.
Crumlin Children’s Hospital must be fixed and it must be fixed now.
Joe Quinsey, CEO of The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation, has made this urgent appeal for donations: “I am determined that we can overhaul the Outpatients Department, and give our children the facility that they deserve. This is not an impossible task. The recent completion of Phase 1 of the Cancer Unit in St John’s Ward, and the imminent opening of the new Cardiac Ward proves that your fundraising can help to fix Crumlin.”