Medical Volunteer

Volunteer doctors and nurses from Ireland, Spain, England, Hungary and many other countries join the Nursing Director and Senior Nurse for all summer sessions, the Brothers and Sisters camp in spring and the Haemophilia camp in the autumn.

Volunteering in the Med Shed

The Barretstown’s medical centre, the “Med Shed”, is under the direction of the Nursing Director, Senior Nurse and Medical Director.

The sessions are staffed with two doctors and four to six nurses. The number of volunteer nurses per session may change; this depends on the level of care required by the campers during a particular session.

Volunteer doctors must be licensed with the Irish Medical Council and nurses with An Bord Altranais (The Irish Nursing Board).

What should you expect?

The commitment as a volunteer nurse or doctor is 8 or 9 days during the summer and 4 days for the spring and autumn camps.

Our camp calendar outlines all our camps for the year and the commitment required. Volunteering at camp is residential and you must commit to the full session. Food, accommodation and transportation to and from the airport are provided.

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What training will you receive?

Training for medical volunteers will take place once you are on site.

Information for Medical Volunteers

The Barretstown medical centre is known as the “Med Shed” and is housed in a wonderful remodeled old stone building across the courtyard from the dining room.

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.

Our facilities

The Med-Shed has a large reception room, 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.

The Med Shed’s policies are designed to support the campers so that they can participate in camp activities to the maximum extent, thereby deriving the greatest benefit from their camp experience.

The camper’s care includes the treatment of injuries and minor illness, as well as treatment of the camper’s acute and chronic illnesses such as administration of chemotherapy, haemophilia factor, inhalation therapy and oral medications.

Only the Med Shed team will know the campers diagnosis

However, there will be some information that the staff should be aware of when caring for certain campers.

Alert lists are compiled at the beginning of each session and they contain information relating to the camper’s physical and emotional needs, limitations, allergies, likes and dislikes and any special needs while at camp.

Medical alert lists are organized into cottage and activity groups, these lists will also contain information on when a camper needs to attend the Med Shed.

The lists are returned to the Med Shed after every session and are shredded.

Which camp is for me?

Children's Summer Camps

Children\'s camp are split into two age groups, 7-13 and 11-15, parents do not attend summer camps. ...

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Haemophilia Camp

The Haemophilia Camp is a specially designed programme for children and teenagers with a bleeding di ...

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Brothers & Sisters Camp

This camp allow children from 7-17 the opportunity to attend Barretstown together for a weekend camp ...

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Sibling Camp

This camp is for siblings who have a brother or sister (aged infant to 17) who are currently being treated for, or recovering from, a serious illness.

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Teen Camp

Our Teens camps are specially designed camps for campers aged 13-17 from a number of countries, who are living with a serious illness.

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The Barretstown’s medical centre, the “Med Shed”, is under the direction of the Nursing Director, Senior Nurse and Medical Director. 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.

Read more