Your child may have been referred to our Outpatient Department for a specialist opinion by your family doctor (GP).
Doctors and other healthcare professionals typically see patients in a treatment room, like the ones at your local GP surgery. Your child may be sent for other tests during your appointment, e.g. x-ray, blood test etc.
Children's Outpatient Department
If you are coming to our Outpatient Department in the hospital your parents or carers will be asked to bring you on a certain day. This is like a visit to your own doctor. The doctor you will meet will know a lot about your illness and will talk to you and your parents about your treatment. Sometimes he/she may order some tests or arrange a date for you to get treatment in hospital.
Around 30,000 children attend the outpatients every year so it can be very busy. We have toys, games, TV, a fish tank and sometimes Arts and Crafts to help with your wait but you can also bring your own book or game. In our new building we have lovely artwork including our Balloon Tree. If your child has any additional needs please let us know.
About Your Appointment
- You will receive your appointment date and time in the post or by telephone.
- Do not attend if your child is unwell with diarrhoea or vomiting, flu like symptoms, has an infectious disease like chicken pox and measles or has MRSA as s/he can spread the disease to other children.
- Please contact us at 01-414 2409/414 2410, we will give you appropriate instructions and reschedule the appointment as necessary.
- We ask you to turn off your mobile phone (or place it on silent mode) prior to and during your child’s consultation.
What To Bring With You
- Your child’s appointment letter or any additional documentation.
- A list of the medicines your child is taking. This includes any over the counter medicines or herbal supplements.
- Your GP’s name and contact details.
- A list of questions that you may wish to ask the Doctor or team, at your appointment.
Change or cancel your appointment
Our outpatient’s clinics are very busy and there are often other patients waiting for appointments. If you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible - we may be able to offer this appointment to another child who needs it.
- If you accept an outpatient clinic appointment for your child, please make sure that you attend.
- Call us as soon as possible if you need to change or cancel your appointment- please contact the Outpatients appointments desk at 01-414 2409/414
Children’s Outpatient Department
All outpatient appointments must be made in advance following a doctor's referral. We are located accross two locations Outpatient Department A (new building) and Outpatient Department B (old building)
Several different clinics will be in progress at the same time so don’t be worried if children are called ahead of you despite them checking in later. Your child will be assigned a consultant. Our consultants work in multidisciplinary teams which consist of other consultants, non-consultant hospital doctors, specialist nurses and other allied health professionals. We cannot guarantee that your child will always see the consultant but be assured that he/she will be informed of all appointments and results. As we are a teaching hospital nursing or medical students may be present. If during your child’s consultation you or your child are uncomfortable about this please tell your doctor and the students will step outside.
Some clinics are also held by specialist nurses, dieticians, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists.
You will be given a set time to attend the Outpatients Department and we make every effort to adhere to this time. However some appointments run late, especially when a difficult medical diagnosis or treatment has to be explained, this obviously effects subsequent appointment times. We ask for your understanding and we will keep you informed about any delays.
We recommend that you write down any questions you wish to ask the doctor prior to attending the Outpatient Clinic. This helps to avoid forgetting any questions you planned to ask.
The doctor will tell you if your child needs to return to the clinic. Return appointments can be made on departure from the clinic. (Ask where you checked in)
It is important to give your correct mobile telephone number when making your next appointment as you will receive a text message three days before your next appointment to remind you of the date and time.
We also want you the parent/guardian to enjoy the experience however unfortunately for the safety of the children no hot drinks are allowed in the Department.
Children should never be left unattended.
Our Outpatient Services
Children's Outpatient Department A (new building)
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Children's Outpatient Department B (TUH building)
Please note during these times we have added measures in place to reduce the spread of the infection Covid-19. These measures include:
We look forward to seeing you in CHI at Connolly