Did you know?
- Each year in Ireland there are, on average, over 270,000 hospital visits by children!
- For over 100,000 children this means an average of a 3-night stay.
- Every year, 75,000 child inpatients are under 4 years of age and almost all are admitted through A&E – an unexpected and unplanned visit.
Children are particularly vulnerable, both physically and emotionally. For them, being in hospital can be a source of anxiety and fear, especially if they are unexpectedly separated from their family. Along with having to cope with illness, this difficult experience can affect their normal growth and development.
Our play service provides engaging and supportive play in wards, playrooms, emergency departments and outpatient departments. Play in hospital creates a sense of normalcy for the child while helping them build the confidence and resilience to cope with their illness. It provides a distraction from the stress of being in hospital while giving parents a break, knowing their child is happy and safe with our play volunteers.