At Barretstown, the safety and emotional and physical wellbeing of the children is our primary concern. We strive to ensure that they are protected, safe and comfortable at all times.
Being sick can put a child’s life on hold
At Barretstown children can be children again. And parents can concentrate on relaxing, having fun and spending time together.
Your Child is in Safe Hands
At Barretstown we provide seamless continuity of care by offering 24 hour on site medical and nursing attention ...
Our staff are fully trained and experienced, and supported by a team of volunteers called Cara’s’, the Irish word for friend.
The Nursing Director and 2 Senior Nurses are joined during the summer camps by two volunteer doctors and four to six volunteer nurses.
Take a look inside Barretstown!
Parents talk about how Barretstown helped their families deal with childhood cancer
Therapeutic Recreation: our key to success
Barretstown is designed to respond directly to the needs of a child living with a serious illness – both clinical and psychological. Our Therapeutic Recreation model is recognised by paediatricians and psychologists all over the world as an important and necessary component of a child’s treatment: the hospital treats the illness, we treat the child.
The Therapeutic Recreation programme brings campers through a fun, activity based process of challenge, success, reflection and discovery.
Children take part in fun, entertaining and exciting challenges. They experience success in overcoming these challenges. They reflect on their experiences and make discoveries about their true potential.
And most importantly they go home with increased confidence, self-esteem, independence and new friendships.
The Hanrahan Family Share Their Barretstown Story
Meet Enda and Lisa, and their daughter Jaime Jane, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia last year, when she was just 3 years old.
What the experts 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