The extent of the non-medical costs incurred for a child needing hospital care vary significantly

The extent of the non-medical costs incurred for a child needing hospital care vary significantly, according to research carried out by Children in Ho(...)

Financial pressures on families of children in hospital go under the radar

Parents spend up to €150 extra a day when a child is in hospital care and the impact of mounting non-medical costs for long-term stays or frequent vis(...)

Writer Maeve Binchy could never have foreseen that her deploring of “etiquette fiends”, with their notions of social graces, would inadvertently kicks(...)

Edward Mernagh, Jen Tymlin, Annabelle (8) and Poppy (5) at their home in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The carefree days of summer were stretching ahead for the Mernagh family in June 2016, with one more week of school left for their eldest child Annabe(...)

Volunteer Jackie Tracey with patient Laura Fabris at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin

“You go into paediatrics because you want to care for children and then you spend all day hurting them” – injecting them and subjecting them to other (...)

Anna Gunning, of Children in Hospital Ireland; Eilish Hardiman, of Children’s Hospital Group; Prof Mary McCarron, TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery; Dr Maria Brenner, chair of CHI; and Barbara Wren, psychologist.

The impact of over-stretched health services on frontline staff, as well as patients, must not be overlooked, says Anna Gunning, chief executive of Ch(...)

Only toys that meet high safety standards are allowed in the hospital playroom. Photograph: iStockphoto

One of the first things that strikes me about the playroom is how hard it is to find. The winding corridors that lead me through the hospital are dark(...)

Deirdre Murphy, a teacher in Booterstown, Dublin: ‘I always have a lunchbox on my desk with a mountain of snacks.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

On March 19th, 2013, I celebrated my 20-year “Diaversary”. I decided to have a party to celebrate this monumental occasion, and 20 years of good he(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly is expected to seek Cabinet approval shortly for two urgent care centres in Dublin that will deal with less serious cases and ensure the new hospital is not overburdened with minor cases. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The new national children’s hospital in Dublin risks becoming a “magnet” for less serious cases unless the same standards of care are available in the(...)

Right, Mary Bracken (18) with artist Rachel Tynan with a book they collaborated on called Colours of Life. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Teenage dialysis patient Mary Bracken didn’t quite know what to make of artist Rachel Tynan when she arrived at her hospital bedside one day last year(...)