Admission Process

Pre-Admission Information

It is important to help your child to prepare for their hospital admission.

You may find the following helpful;

  • Tell your child about their hospital admission.
  • Explain what is going to happen.
  • Read them stories about hospital.
  • Play doctor and nurses.
  • Attend the pre-admission club or pre-hospital visit (Contact Playroom on Tel.: (01) 878 4455 )
  • Ask the doctors, nurses or play staff for the  information you need to prepare your child.
  • Answer any question your child may have honestly

If your child has been unwell in the week before their admission such as a;

  • High temperature
  • Chesty
  • Runny nose
  • Cold sore
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea

Please contact the Day Ward or Admissions Office. If your child has been in contact with, or has had any infectious diseases such as Measles, Mumps, Chicken Pox in the 21 days before they are due to be admitted,

Children should not have non-emergency surgery within 4 days of their childhood vaccinations or baby needles.

Day Ward
Tel.: (01) 878 4806

Tel.: (01) 878 4675/ 878 4275

Admission Information

On the morning of admission, if your child is a planned admission and needs an overnight stay we will send you the date in a letter. Please ring the hospital at the time given in the letter to confirm if your child’s bed is available.

As the hospital is on 24 hour emergency call it is impossible to guarantee your child’s bed before the morning of admission. If there is no bed available, your child’s admission will have to be postponed and you will be given a new admission date.

Due to space restrictions it is requested that only Parents/Guardians and the child come to Admissions Department or the Day Ward at the appointment time.

What to Bring 

For Your Child

  •  Nappies and Toiletries
  • Night Clothes
  • Feeds if your child is admitted to the Day Ward
  • A favourite toy or blanket (no matter how scruffy)
  • Any medicine your child is taking including over the counter medication and herbal medicine
  • Medical card or private health insurance information
  • Special Equipment – Wheelchairs, beakers.

For Yourself

  • Something to pass the time.
  • Coins for the phone, vending machines, parking meters
  • Wear light clothes as the hospital is warm.
  • We have limited amount of storage space for each child on each ward


When you come to the ward you and your child will be shown to your bed. We appreciate that you may have had to wait for a bed. It is essential for the nurse to fully admit your child, taking details about your child’s past care, past medical history, telephone number and informing you about visiting arrangements.

This is vital information that we rely on should you have to leave your child at any stage. We introduce you to staff and other children and show you and your child around the ward. You are very welcome to participate in all aspects of your child’s care.

Important information you need to tell the admitting nurse

1. Infectious Diseases:

Inform staff if you, your child or any close family member have had recent contact with any infectious diseases such as;

  • Chickenpox
  • Measles
  •  Mumps
  • Rubella
  • T. B.

2. Head Lice:

It is routine for us to check all children for head lice while they are in hospital. This is to safeguard you and your child. If your child has head lice we will inform you and your child will be treated appropriately. If your child had head lice it is essential that all family members and close contacted are treated immediately.

3. Medications:

Please bring a list of any medicines your child takes or may have taken recently.

Your list should include:

  •  Prescription drugs
  • Over the counter medicines such as laxatives
  • Herbal medicine
  • Vitamins

Include the name of the medicine, strength and how often it is given. If you have the medicine please bring it with you in the original pharmacy container if possible. If you have an up to date prescription please bring it with you to the hospital.

We regret that we don’t supply any medication on discharge and your prescription should be filled by your local pharmacy or chemist as soon as possible.

Children with a medical card can be given up to a week’s supply of medicine using a hospital prescription by their local pharmacy. To do this please bring your child’s hospital prescription and a valid medical card to the pharmacy within 24 hours after you go home.


You will be asked to give your consent to your child’s admission and treatment in hospital. If you have any questions please contact the Admission Department for a copy of the consent information leaflet. Consent may be signed by one of the following:

  • Parent or Legal Guardian
  • Adoptive Parent
  • HSE Social Worker

Discharge Information

We aim to discharge your child home as soon as they are medically fit. You will be given as much notice as possible of your expected date of discharge. Please consider in advance how you and your child will get home and discuss any concerns about this with the nursing staff.

Arrangements should be made to collect your child at 11am. When going home, you may be given written instructions on how to care for your child. You will be given any relevant information about your child’s care and any follow up appointments they may need.

If you have any questions about your appointment, please contact us

Tel.: (01) 878 4218 (Monday – Friday 9am – 12 md or 2pm – 4pm)


For private appointments please contact the consultant’s private clinic on 01 878 4205


It is important that you understand this information and please ask any questions you may have before you leave the ward. We will write to your GP/ family doctor or public health nurse (PHN) about your child’s medical condition so they will be up to date on your child’s condition if you need to contact them.

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