The Barretstown Medical Centre is known as “The Med Shed” and is housed in a wonderful remodelled old stone building across the courtyard from the Dining Hall.
It is designed to be a sheltering, friendly environment to provide care for minor injuries, general paediatric problems, and administer oral medications including oral chemotherapy, IV push chemotherapy, and factor infusions. Transfusions are not routinely given, nor are multi-agent IV chemotherapy.
The Med Shed has a large reception room with couches always partially occupied by the seven dwarves. This leads through a wheel chair accessible ramp to the nurse’s station overlooking the secret garden.
The nurse’s station houses the medical records and leads to the four patient exam-rooms, five sleeping rooms, bathrooms and pharmacy.
How we work with hospitals
Barretstown’s programme of Therapeutic Recreation is endorsed by paediatric oncologists from leading medical centres in each country we serve. ...
These hospital's include CHI at Crumlin, CHI at Temple Street, University College London Hospital and many more.
To the professionals in these hospitals, Barretstown is an integral part of each child’s continuum of care in order to complete treatment and recovery.
What the Doctors have to say
A stay in Barretstown offers something that we can never achieve in hospital- it gives our patients their childhood back and completes the healing process. Dr. Jane Pears, Consultant Paediatric Oncologist, Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin
Barretstown is as important as the chemotherapy we give kids… it’s as important as the nursing care, the doctor care; it is part and parcel equally of their treatmentProf Owen Smith, Consultant Haematology, Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin
I think it kind of pulled us back together, Barretstown allowed us to have fun again, experience
joy and to be together as a family in a way that hadn’t been possible since Amanda got sick.Paula, Amanda's Mum, age 4
See the impact of Barretstown
Being sick can put a child’s life on hold. Barretstown’s range of camps and programmes offer seriously ill children a positive, happy and carefree environment where they can forget about their illness for a short period. These programmes are supported behind the scenes by on-site 24 hr medical and nursing care.
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