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Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin

Children to have say on paediatric services

Initiative aims to identify and highlight existing good practices and potential areas for improvement

Infants’ and young people’s views on the delivery of services by the three paediatric hospitals in Ireland are to be taken into account by each of the institutions as part of a new initiative to promote children’s rights in healthcare.

The Adelaide & Meath Hospital, Dublin Incorporating the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght is coordinating the joint research initiative on behalf of the Children’s Hospital Group (CHG) Board and the Ombudsman for Children’s Office.

The initiative will involve a questionnaire to get the children, young people and other stakeholders to share their views, and is designed to support each of the three children’s hospitals (Crumlin, Temple Street and Tallaght) in the context of decision-making regarding the future delivery of their respective services to children and young people by identifying and highlighting existing good practices as well as potential areas for improvement.

It will also support the CHG to plan the delivery of services to children and young people on becoming legally established and in planning for the new children’s hospital.

It is proposed that the questionnaires will be made available for completion and the focus groups will take place in the three hospitals over a six-week period, between mid-March and the end of April.

Some 2,000 children (6-11 years) and young people (12-17), an additional 2,000 parents/guardians of children and young people attending the hospitals, and 300 hospital management and staff across emergency departments, outpatient and inpatient settings including day-care in the three hospitals will have the opportunity to express their views on matters concerning the delivery of services in the children’s hospitals, in relation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

As such, the initiative involves promoting a culture of child-friendly healthcare and respect for children’s rights in hospital.

lloyd.mudiwa@imt.ie

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