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Children's Heart Centre (CHC)


The Children’s Heart Centre is a state of the art unit dedicated to providing cardiac care to children up to the age of sixteen.

We have a total of 27 beds on the unit, which can be divided up into the following areas:

   •      12 Single units

   •      4 Ensuite units

   •      2 Isolation units

   •      2 Three-bed units

   •      3 Day units
 

The Heart Centre was designed specifically with the needs of our patients and their loved ones in mind. It’s facilities allow our team to provide exceptional care to those in need of a broad spectrum of cardiac care including:

   •      Cardiac Monitoring and Assessment

   •      Cardiac Investigations

   •      Post-surgery Management

   •      Non-Surgical Management
 

FACILITIES

The Children’s Heart Centre offers a range of facilities for both children and their families.

Play areas
Children can avail of our dedicated indoor and outdoor play areas. If your child is staying with us they will have access to our Play Specialist who will care for your child through specialist and non-specialist play activities. Our playrooms also provide a sense of community as they offer your child a place to meet other children who are also being treated for cardiac conditions. Making friends through play helps to reduce anxiety and put your child at ease during their treatment.


Parent's Kitchen

Parents and loved ones staying with children during treatment are free to make use of our dedicated parent’s kitchen, shower, and bathroom. The Parent’s Kitchen is fully equipped to provide you with the opportunity to prepare food and meals as you might at home. The kitchen also provides parents with the opportunity to meet and chat with other parents going through a similar experience.


Parent's Sitting Room

If you would prefer to simply have a bit of quiet time to try and relax during your child’s stay you can always visit our parent’s sitting room. The parent’s sitting room is located in the CHC and is designed to offer parents a calm comfortable space to spend time while their child is with us for treatment. The Children’s Heart Centre also offers parents a private breastfeeding room, and breastfeeding support, where they can facilitate feeding in a quiet and calm environment.


Staying with your child overnight
Space is also provided for parents who wish to stay in the room with their children overnight.


Seating areas
There are a number of seating areas dotted around the hospital for those looking for a quiet spot to sit, relax, and maybe read a book.  The Children’s Heart Centre has its own brightly coloured, relaxing, hideaway. This seating area provides parents with comfortable armchairs and a floor to ceiling window with views out over the city. 

 

LOCATION

The Children’s Heart Centre is located on the third floor of the hospital. To get here, you should go past the main hospital reception desk, and take the first turn left at the fish tank. The lift is opposite the fish tank. Take the lift to reach the third floor where you will find the Cardiac Day Ward.


HEART CENTRE STAFF

Our nursing team will be at the forefront of your child’s care while they are staying in the CHC. Our nurses work closely with all the other members on your child’s care team including your child’s cardiologist.

Should you have any questions or queries about your stay on our cardiac ward don’t hesitate to let a senior member of our nursing staff know. The staff who work directly on the Children's Heart Centre wards include a Clinical Nurse Manager 1 (CNM1), Clinical Nurse Manager 2 (CNM2), and a Clinical Nurse Facilitator (CNF).

VISITING THE CHILDREN’S HEART CENTRE

You can find the full details of our visiting guidelines and regulations on the main hospital website by clicking HERE.

Parents and guardians are welcome to visit the ward at any time.

Visiting hours in the Children’s Heart Centre run from 8am – 9pm daily.

Under no circumstance should you visit the Children’s Heart Centre if you have, or have recently been in contact with someone who has had any kind of suspected infectious complaint e.g. measles, diarrhoea, vomiting, sore throat, flu. If you are unsure, please contact the Clinical Nurse Manager before arriving at the hospital.