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Welcome to St. Josephs Ward

St. Josephs ward is 18 bedded ward that cares for patients with Orthopeadic and Gastro – Intestinal (G.I.) needs. Within the ward we have various different rooms: Single rooms, Double rooms and a 3 bedded ward. Our Single rooms are allocated on patient medical need and not based on private health insurance. Unfortunately we do not have Private rooms based on Private Health insurances.

Your child will have an allocated nurse both day and night. This staff member will care for you and your child. Your nurse will inform you of the plan for your child. If you have any questions/queries please ask your nurse. There is also a ward manager on duty, if you wish to communicate with them, please ask.

Due to COVID some restrictions on visiting are in place as indicated in the website home page. All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times. One parent /Guardian (over the age 18yrs) may stay at the bedside at night.  Also all visitors are requested to be mindful of all patients on the ward.

Night Time on the Ward: if you wish to stay with your child at night on the ward, fold out mattress can be obtained from parent’s accommodation. The Health Care Assistant can assist you with linen. Parents accommodation is based on the 2nd floor of the hospital, ask a member of staff for directions. The hospital also offers parents accommodation off the ward. If you wish to avail of a room in parent’s accommodation you can book it through main switch. These rooms are available upstairs and costing is paid per night to Supervisor in parent’s accommodation.  A key is available from a staff member to use the facilities of parent’s accommodation, just ask.

The facilities of the Ronald Mc Donald house are also available to parents and families, with a small number of family rooms. This is a house based on the grounds of OLCHC. Families of long term sick patients and their siblings can avail of accommodation in Ronald Mc Donald. Requires regarding availability/bookings can be made through main hospital number.

We request that if you are leaving your child that you leave an up to date contact number with staff and ensure that the phone is turned on at all times. This will ensure that staff can contact you should your child become upset /unwell or request your presence.

On the ward facilities include: Parents kitchen is available to all Parents/Guardians. We kindly request that no patients are in the kitchen during their stay. This facility allows parents time to make a cuppa and space to think.  Parent’s notice board is available which will provide you with all the necessary relevant information about the hospital, eg. Canteen times, mass times, parent’s accommodation etc.

We have a playground. Our play Specialist Olivia will be avail in the mornings to offer play and distraction therapy to all the children on the ward. Olivia will ensure lots of fun activities and games to ensure that your child’s stay is a happy one. Garden has a number of fun activities for your little one to enjoy.

Schooling: We have a number of school teachers at ward level and in the classroom setting. Teaching can be performed at the bedside or children may attend the classroom if they feel able. All COVID precautions and Guideline will be adhered to in the classroom, hence number will be restricted per day. Primary school children attend in the morning with Post Primary attending in the afternoon. We can also accommodate state exams within the hospital.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact the ward where our staff will be able to help you further. 01 409 6409

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