Staff members from CHI's Urgent Care Centre at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

A new bespoke service is now providing daily inter-hospital transfers for young patients, between the Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) Urgent Care Centre at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown and the children’s hospitals at Crumlin, Temple Street and Tallaght and other facilities providing in-patient services for children.

The 2020 BUMBLEance vehicle was funded 100% by public donations through this Children’s National Ambulance Service. Specifically designed for sick children and their families, the BUMBLEance will be operated in partnership with the HSE’s National Ambulance Service.

Ellie Mae Creighton (4) with her mum Edel O’Neill, Dublin, on board the new BUMBLEance.

Based at the CHI’s Urgent Care Centre at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown this new dedicated ambulance has been specifically built to meet the needs of children and young people.

It will be used to transfer them quickly and safely to an in-patient bed, access a specialist service in one of the children’s hospitals or if they need to be transferred from one of the hospitals to another healthcare facility providing in-patient children’s services such as hospices, national treatment and respite centres.

Dr Ciara Martin, CHI’s Paediatric Executive Lead, thanked members of the public who donated to BUMBLEance. “This means we now have a vehicle, specifically designed and tailored for children, available to us free of charge, to provide a daily inter-hospital transfer of our patients across our facilities at our Urgent Care Centre at Connolly and Crumlin, Temple Street and Tallaght Hospitals. 

Dr Ciara Martin, CHI’s Paediatric Executive Lead.

“It has all the amenities of a regular ambulance, but it includes the all-important extras to make a sick child’s journey as safe, comfortable and entertaining as possible, thereby making it less stressful as they travel to hospitals and other paediatric healthcare facilities. Thanks also to the National Ambulance Service for facilitating this.”

The Urgent Care Centre at Connolly Hospital, which opened in July 2019, looks after children and young people from the local area with minor illnesses and minor injuries. A short stay observation service is provided for patients to complete treatment over six hours before going home. Critical to the safe and efficient operation of the Urgent Care Centre is the transfer of patients who require further in-patient treatment at CHI Temple Street, Crumlin or Tallaght.