Sunday 22 July 2018

The patient's view

Ashleigh Kiernan (15) from Lucan in Dublin

Ashleigh Kiernan (centre) from Lucan with fellow members of the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) to the new hospital project, Dara Donnachie from Cork and Grace Mc Kenna from Rathoath, Co Meath. Photo: Maxwell Photography
Ashleigh Kiernan (centre) from Lucan with fellow members of the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) to the new hospital project, Dara Donnachie from Cork and Grace Mc Kenna from Rathoath, Co Meath. Photo: Maxwell Photography

Ashleigh helped to give advice on the design of the new hospital as a member of the Youth Advisory Council. She has been treated for Leukaemia at Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin.

"I gave feedback on what we wanted in the patients' rooms in the new hospital," she says.

"It is very important to us that patients have their own rooms and bathrooms for the sake of privacy. It doesn't work to have a crying baby sharing a room with a teenager.

"I also gave advice on the food. For the new hospital I hope that there will be healthy options as well as comfort food in case you have had a bad day.

"A lot of the rooms in the new hospital will be overlooking the garden. It will be good for the patients not to be stuck in all day."

The parent's view

Joanne Pitcher from Malahide in Co Dublin

Joanne is the mother of eight-year-old Millie, who had a kidney transplant at Temple Street Hospital.

"The staff at Temple Street are amazing, but it is a very antiquated building. There is a lot that can be done in the new hospital to make it more efficient," she says.

"They have a great opportunity to enhance patient care. I stayed in the hospital for 17 weeks with Millie. The new hospital, with en-suite cubicles and a bed for parents, will be a huge improvement on the cramped cubicles with a rollout mattress on the floor in some wards.

"The Electronic Healthcare Record in the new hospital will make a huge difference, because in Temple Street they still work from charts. Millie is on her 10th chart. An electronic record would save a lot of time.

"It's a real worry me that the information is right. It's fine when I go in with her because I know Millie's medications and her allergies.

"If I am away and someone else has to bring her in, they might not be as aware.

"Parking is a real problem around Temple Street - Millie has to be in at a precise time for blood tests, and you could be going around for an hour looking for parking.

"It will better at the new hospital when you can book your parking."

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