Day Patients and Inpatients - CHI at Tallaght
Welcome to CHI at Tallaght. When you stay with us for one day you are called a day patient (because you come in, get your treatment, stay for a while to recover after your treatment and then go home all in one day.) When you are staying as a patient for more than one day you are called an inpatient.
General Points When Attending CHI at Tallaght as an Inpatient or Day patient
When you first come to one of our wards, the nurse will ask you lots of questions: your name, age, school, what you like to eat and drink, what you like to do during the day, when you go to bed and also who will be staying with you. This helps us to get to know you so that we can make sure your stay with us is as pleasant as possible.
How to find us
Our day and inpatient wards are located in the main hospital which you can access by using the main hospital lifts and follow the signposts.
Beech Day Ward
Beech Ward is located on Level 2 of the adult's hospital, enter CHI at Tallaght (old building) and you will find the Ward directly in front of you. For security reasons, the entrance is locked at all times but please ring the bell and a member of staff will let you in.
To speak to a member of the nursing staff please ring (01) 414 2295 between the hours of 2pm-4pm. To speak to the admission officer please telephone (01) 414 2005 between the hours of 9am-4pm.
Please do not attend if your child is unwell instead ring 01-414 2295, they will offer advice and arrange an alternative appointment.
When you arrive your child will first be seen by our admissions officer, your child will then be admitted by a nurse. Following this a doctor will see you and your child where she or he will obtain a consent for your child's procedure. If you have any worries or concerns please do not hesitate to mention it to any of these staff on your arrival.
It is important that your child brings pyjamas (night clothes) to change into for Theatre. The Surgical lists run throughout the day, emergencies can occur resulting in delays and your understating would be appreciated. We will keep you informed on the day.
If your child has special dietary requirements we ask you to bring in his/her own food. While special dietary requirements are catered for by the hospital it can be difficult to source specific foods at short notice.
Post-operative pain information leaflets will be given to you on your child's discharge, but be prepared and have Calpol and Brufen at home. For more information on pain relief click on this link: managing your childs pain at home Additional Information can be obtained from the following links:Morning Surgery | Afternoon Surgery
Maple Ward has 21 cubicles, including five parent and child rooms. Children aged 0-1 year requiring management of medical and surgical conditions are generally admitted to Maple Ward. However, children or young people older than one year may also be admitted to Maple Ward if their condition requires him/her to be nursed in a single room.We encourage parents/guardians to stay with their child while in hospital and their involvement as much as possible to help minimise their child's anxiety.
Parents/Guardians have no restrictions with regard to visiting their child however a maximum of two other visitors per patient are allowed on the ward. Visitors should be over 18 years or accompanied by someone who is. Visiting restrictions may apply in some circumstances, nursing staff will advise you if these are in place. It such restrictions are in place they are there in the best interest of the child or parent, for confidentiality reasons we may not be able to explain the exact purpose of these restrictions so we ask for your support and understanding.
Parents accommodation is available for those who wish to say overnight, this is located near the ward area. (Children are not allowed in this area). If you do not wish to avail of this or wish to stay at your child's bedside every effort will be made to provide a camp bed for you. Camp beds must be folded away during the day to allow for easy access and cleaning. Bathroom and shower facilities are available for resident parents.
A parents tea room is available near the ward however for Health and Safety reasons children are not allowed in her at any time. Hot drinks are not allowed on the ward for the same reason.
The telephone in your room is for incoming calls only. The direct line number for incoming calls to your room is 414 and your extension number. Public phones are available on the ground floor.
Please ensure that the cot sides are up at all times when your child is in the cot and that you know how to secure them properly.
If you are leaving your child unattended please inform the nursing staff. All milk formula are available on the ward. They are made up on a daily basis in our formula room. Every effort is will be made to assist breastfeeding mothers. A breast feeding pump is available to any mum who wishes to use it.
Please bring in nappies for your child for the duration of the child's admission.
Please inform staff on admission if your child has any special dietary requirements.
Oak Ward - Children's consists of 19 beds. Oak Ward is the children's medical ward for children older than 12 months of age admitted for management of an acute medical condition such as; respiratory difficulties, asthma, endocrinology, diabetes, neurology, cystic fibrosis and mental health issues. Children and young people of all ages, who are seriously ill, are cared for in the HDU which is located on Oak.
- Bring pyjamas and slippers for your child.
- While you can bring in food for your child keep in mind that other children will be fasting on the ward, so please be discrete.
- Patients under 16 years cannot leave the ward area without supervision.
- Limited parents/guardian accommodation is available for those who wish to stay overnight (no children are allowed in this area). Camp beds are also available for those who wish to stay at the bedside. Bathroom and shower facilities are available for resident parents. Siblings who may be staying with their brother or sister must be 18 years or older.
- For Heath and safety reasons No Hot Drinks are allowed on the wards.
- Please inform the staff on your arrival if your child has any special dietary needs.
Children's High Dependency Unit
The High Dependency Unit is located in the Oak Ward. It is a three bedded Unit that caters to children that require special nursing and medical care. Here your child will be observed 24 hours a day and generally attached to monitors to record heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, etc. Your nurse will explain all these monitors to you on your admission.
We ask you not to have your mobile phones turned on in this Unit as they interfere with our monitoring equipment.
Parents have no restrictions with regard to visiting however visiting restrictions generally apply to relatives and friends. Your nurse will explain these to you as they relate to your child.
For Health and Safety reasons No Hot Drinks are allowed on the ward and Unit, however, we have a parent's tea room nearby. Parents have also full use of the staff canteen.
High Dependency Unit (HDU)-Paediatric: (01) 414 2293
The Play Room is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.
We close from 1pm-2pm although times may vary slightly depending on patient demands. You can ask a Nurse to contact a Play Specialist while your child is an inpatient for support.
You can contact the Play Therapy Manager and Play Specialists by phone on
(01) 414 3836
What To Bring With You
When you first visit the hospital you should bring your own night clothes, dressing gown, slippers and other items such as a toothbrush, hairbrush, towel, facecloth, etc. Nappies should be brought in for infants.
You can also bring a few favourite toys or books with you. We have toys in the hospital too but sometimes it is nice to bring some of your own from home but keep in mind that we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to them.