Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Temple Street Children’s University Hospital
Tel.: (01) 878 4256 or (01) 878 4501
Welcome to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Our aim is to provide excellent care to critically ill children in an environment, which is sensitive to the needs of the child and the family.
The unit is located on the third floor it was purpose-built in 2008. Our unit contains isolation cubicles at double spaces and an open area.
Approximately 500 patients per year are admitted to PICU. Our patients come from all over Ireland including Northern Ireland. This reflects the wide range of specialist services that can be provided for critically ill children in our unit.
We admit children post operatively who have specialised surgery at CUH. We offer support and services for our colleagues in other specialties such as general surgery neurology metabolic medicine, renal, spinal surgery, ear nose and throat (ENT), respiratory and endocrinology. TSCUH is only centre in Ireland for children requiring neurosurgery.
Our PICU has state of the art equipment to allow development of new treatments and management strategies for critically ill children.
A high percentage of our patients are ventilated we have a number of ventilators to allow different ventilator techniques appropriate to the care of the child. A full range of renal replacement therapies are also available should any child require it.
We admit a large amount of neonates from all over Ireland they are often preterm, with complex surgical conditions. We regularly treat neonates with necrotising enterocolitis, bowel obstruction, oesophageal Artesia, tracheoesophageal fistula, diaphragmatic hernia and other congenital abnormalities. Neonates with complex medical and surgical problems from other specialities are also admitted.
Our staff in PICU are acutely aware of the stress suffered by parents and relatives of children who are admitted to the unit.
We have a team of social workers, psychologists and accessibility to interpretation services.
There is a parent’s waiting room beside the unit and a room for parents to sleep in if there is a necessity to do so. We offer an expressed breast-feeding facility with staff that are trained to support new mums.
We are continually striving to ensure that parents receive a supportive service and we are introducing a parent’s satisfaction survey in the future.
Your child will be cared for by Doctors (Intensivists) and nurses who are specialists in Intensive Care. This team will have responsibility for the day-to-day care of your child while they are in PICU. Your usual consultant will also be involved in your child’s care.
Eileen O’Toole, Clinical Nurse Manager 3