Thursday 8 December 2016

After we dared to dream, children's hospital is about to become reality

St James's is the right location, writes Professor Owen Smith, to finally deliver world-class facilities our children deserve

Owen Smith

Published 19/06/2016 | 02:30

An artist's impression of the atrium in the new National Children's Hospital to be built beside St James's, Ireland's largest and leading adult teaching and research-intensive hospital, in Dublin
An artist's impression of the atrium in the new National Children's Hospital to be built beside St James's, Ireland's largest and leading adult teaching and research-intensive hospital, in Dublin

I have been working in paediatric healthcare for over 30 years, specialising in the provision of paediatric blood and cancer services.

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This means that I have worked with thousands of critically ill children with complex illnesses who are subjected to frightening and sometimes painful treatments which can involve long-term hospital stays and, inevitably, time away from home, siblings, friends and the life that they know. In paediatric and young adolescent cancer we care for infants from birth all the way up to 16 years of age.

Obviously, as is the case when a child is sick with any illness, we also work to support parents and families as much as possible as they seek to deal with some terrifying times while forcing themselves to put on a brave face for the benefit of their child.

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