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
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The “Med Shed"
The Barretstown’s medical centre, the “Med Shed”, is under the direction of the Nursing Director, Senior Nurse and Medical Director.
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.
Volunteer doctors and nurses from Spain, England, Hungary and many other countries join the Nursing Director and Senior Nurse for each session during the summer. The sessions are staffed with two doctors and four to six nurses.