The Play Department supervises play facilities in the playroom and multi-sensory room and garden. Our aim is to assist in the creation of a welcoming, caring and safe family centred environment by providing play facilities appropriate to the needs of the patients and their families. The team comprises of play specialists whom provide specialised play and work as members of multi-disciplinary teams specialising in specific medical and surgical conditions. Play Specialists prepare children for medical and surgical procedures while in hospital, distract them during procedures and follow up with post-procedural play.
The Department is staffed by qualified Play Specialists who are assisted by:
Volunteers (fully vetted)
Child Care Students
Transition Year Students
We have a large central playroom for all inpatients. The playroom is staff by a qualified Play Specialist (Job Share). There is a wide range of activities and games to suit the needs of all children who attend. Our aim is to provide a relaxing but stimulating environment were play can occur naturally; also it is a distraction away from the ward environment.
Playroom open times
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9.30am – 12.15pm and 1.45pm – 4pm
Tuesday 10am – 12.15pm
1.45pm – 4pm
Peata – Pet Therapy
Peata is an organisation that brings pets in to caring institutions. We have two dogs that visit on alternative weeks, with their owner. The initiative provides children in the hospital with many benefits and creates a sense of pleasure and fun. The visit is an event, for long term patients to look forward to and also be a pleasurable experience for all inpatients.
The aim of the Pre-admission Club is to give children a basic understanding of the Hospital and prepare them for their planned admission for surgery. The club is a fun and informative session for both children and their parents/families. Ben and Tara our hospital mascots invite children living within the Dublin area aged between 2-10 years to the club.Children living outside Dublin receive a Ben and Tara storybook, information and contact details on the club, if they would like to attend. The club is held once a month of a Saturday on the Day Ward for approximately 1 hour.There are 2 session 10.15am and 11.00am.Benefits of attending the Admission Club for Chil
Improves knowledge understanding of surgery and hospital
Improves co-operation during procedures
Who is involved?
Play Specialist, Staff Nurse, Theatre Nurse Manager & Escort Nurse.The Play Specialist talks briefly about the child hospital admission. Ben and Tara are used as visual aids. Hospital equipment is shown stethoscope, blood pressure machine, thermometer, weighing scales, name tag etc.The Staff Nurse takes the children’s temperature and blood pressure. They also answers question or concerns about the children’s admission.Theatre Nurse Manager gives a brief talk on theatre and shows them the theatre equipment. Answers question or concerns about the child’s surgery.
What happens on the day?
Children and families arrive on Day Ward and are greeted by staff.
Staff, Tara and Ben are introduced and outline of session is given.
A Brief talk during which children are shown hospital equipment
Children watch DVD called “Roberts visit to Children’s University Hospital”
Children have their blood pressure, temperature taken
Children and their families visit theatre and the playroom
Each child receives a certificate and our storybook “Ben and Tara hospital visit” to take home
Staff will answers question or concerns about the parents or children may have about their admission to hospital and planned surgery.
One of our Theatre Nurse Managers gives a brief talk on theatre and shows a range of theatre equipment your child may see when they visit.
All inpatients are welcome in the playroom during opening hours. Referrals for specialised play to can be made to one of the nurses caring for your child or sent directly to Caroline Flynn, Play Department.