The Mercy Kids + Teens Appeal

We need to raise €43,000

It is vital that when a child is ill, that they and their parents and siblings have access to the best care, facilities and support. Funds you donate will be invested in critical areas of our paediatric services. The Mercy has a 28 bed paediatrics ward that caters for both medical and surgical care, and we constantly strive to ensure that every child has a comfortable stay at The Mercy.

The Mercy provides dedicated paediatric inpatient medical and surgical care, neurology and disability care, haematology and oncology care as well as outpatient services.  The Mercy also provides a mobile service called POONS to administer treatment to children battling cancer in the child’s home.

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The Kids and Teen Appeal is investing in critical areas of our paediatric services including:

Children’s Ward Improvements – €28,000

  • 14 recliners for parents staying overnight to comfort their children
  • Observation monitors for use around the ward so nurses can keep an eye on patients well-being
  • New TV and DVD players throughout the Children’s Ward

An upgrade of the Leukaemia unit bedrooms – €10,000

  • 3 profiling beds
  • New recliners for parents staying overnight to comfort their children
  • Entertainment for children who are patients in the form of playstations and X boxes to help them pass the time during their hospital stay

Bereavement Counselling, Support for children, and Support for Education – €5,000

Many children are affected by the death of a parent or sibling and require Bereavement Counselling and other support services. For many other children and young people with long term illnesses their education can be affected and we provide support through the hospital Social Work Department to enable many of these children to continue their education following their illness.

Results from our Kids & Teens Appeal so far… what you have helped us fund…

Previous support from Mercy Foundation has included the funding of an EEG machine to support the diagnosis of epilepsy in children, an ultrasound system to aid the effective delivery of guided botox injections to children with cerebral palsy, a mobile outreach nursing service to care for and support children with cancer and their families, improvements in overnight facilities for parents in the children’s ward, art sensory equipment for children with intellectual disabilities, and  ‘My Personal Health Passports’ for children with disabilities/chronic illnesses.

Thanks to you The Mercy Hospital Foundation also fund the POONS mobile paediatric oncology nursing service. This crucial service allows children who are suffering from Leukaemia to be treated in their own homes. The service covers a large geographical area from Youghal to Bantry and Mitchelstown to Kinsale, as well as surrounding counties so that all children have access to this service regardless of their location.

“Being able to deliver a home-based option to these children enhances their quality of life and allows for some normalisation of family life during cancer treatment.  It also means there is a reduction in hospital admissions, and promotes early discharge from hospital. We are also able to provide ongoing training and development for the team of Clinical Nurse Specialists so that they can provide expert care to the children through informed research and up to date knowledge.” Olga Buckley, Paediatric Oncology / Haematology CNS.

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