The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation
To achieve success in any business requires planning, hard work and a commitment to excellence at every step along the way. Applegreen have marked their 21st year in business by doing something truly fantastic that showcases these skills and have chosen to support the children who travel daily from every part of Ireland to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
The funds raised by Applegreen staff and customers will have an immediate impact across the hospital for children and their families they will never know but this impact will be long-lasting. We are truly thankful to be named as Applegreen’s partner for 2014/15 and look forward to working with every single staff member and their customers from within those very communities that our children attend.
About the project
The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation (CMRF), a wholly independent charity, is the principal fundraising body for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin as well as the National Children’s Research Centre and is dedicated to working to improve the quality of life for this and future generations of sick children.
CMRF play a key role in supporting the hospital to deliver state of the art facilities; equipment, infrastructure, leisure and entertainment devices for the children, accommodation for families and other special requirements and needs. In addition they fund vital paediatric research and have been able to establish the National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC), a world class facility which provides high-tech laboratory facilities for investigation into the causes and treatments of childhood disease.
In 2012 the hospital had 34,699 emergency attendances, 17,501 day cases, 10,278 inpatient admissions and performed 10,151 surgical procedures. There is an urgent need to improve our patient facilities and the working environment to meet the care needs of these vulnerable children and to do that we’re refurbishing our outpatients unit. An outpatient is a patient who is not hospitalized for 24 hours or more but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment. Treatment provided in this fashion is called ambulatory care. Sometimes surgery is performed without the need for a formal hospital admission or an overnight stay. This is called outpatient surgery.
Outpatient surgery has many benefits, including reducing the amount of medication prescribed and using the physician’s or surgeon’s time more efficiently. More procedures are now being performed in a surgeon’s office, termed office-based surgery, rather than in a hospital-based operating room. Outpatient surgery is suited best for healthy patients undergoing minor or intermediate procedures (limited urologic, ophthalmologic, or ear, nose, and throat procedures and procedures involving the extremities).
Support from Applegreen and its customers during 2014/15 will allow CMRF to renovate the current Outpatients facility at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and provide the thousands of children from all over Ireland the very best facilities we can.