2017 – 2020 we need your help to raise €100,000
It is vital that when a child is ill, that they and their parents and siblings have access to the best care, facilities and support. The Mercy has a 28-bed paediatrics ward that caters for both medical and surgical care, and we constantly strive to ensure that every child has a comfortable stay at The Mercy. The children’s ward and Leukaemia unit continue to provide treatment and care to our smallest patients and we will continue to provide the support they deserve.
How can I help?
One project that your support will help is our unique POONS service (Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nursing Service). This is the only service of its kind in Ireland and is funded through generous donations from the public.
This crucial service allows children who are suffering from cancer to be treated in their own homes. The service covers a large geographical area from Youghal to Bantry and Mitchelstown to Kinsale, as well as surrounding counties so that all children have access to this service regardless of their location.
“Being able to deliver a home-based option to these children enhances their quality of life and allows for some normalisation of family life during cancer treatment. It also means there is a reduction in hospital admissions and promotes early discharge from the Hospital. We are also able to provide ongoing training and development for the team of Clinical Nurse Specialists so that they can provide expert care to the children through informed research and up to date knowledge.”Olga Buckley, Paediatric Oncology / Haematology CNS.
The Kids and Teens Appeal is investing in critical areas of our paediatric services including:
A Child-Friendly Ward
This year we are focused on finding new ways to make the Children’s Ward and Leukaemia Unit as Child-Friendly as possible. We need to raise in excess of €10,000 to decorate patients’ rooms, corridors and treatment rooms with colourful and engaging wall art and murals to create in an effort to reduce their fears and anxieties.