Children in Hospital Ireland (CHI)

Children in Hospital Ireland, a National Charity established in 1970 by parents of sick children to ensure all children in hospital are cared for appropriately.

CHI works collaboratively with parents, professionals and other organisations to champion sick children by promoting their welfare before, during and following hospitalisation. Services and activities are initiated through, and directed and supported by staff and resources from its Head Office in Dublin. As far as possible services are delivered locally by CHI volunteers

Branches or local representatives:
Dublin, Limerick, Castlebar, Cork, Tralee, Drogheda, Waterford, Galway, Sligo, Ballinasloe, Letterkenny, Wexford, Tullamore, Portlaoise, Mullingar.

Programmes and activities include:

  • Provision of play and recreation for sick children by trained Hospital Play Volunteers;
  • Consultation for Policy Makers, Planners, Dept of Health and Children, Hospitals;
  • Information and advice service for children, parents and professionals;
  • Education programmes for schools and colleges, parents, and health and other professionals;
  • Annual Public Lecture and awareness raising projects;
  • Research Programme;
  • Networking.

Publications (full list available) includes Charter for Children in Hospital; Guidelines for the Care of Children with Special Needs in Hospital; An Outline Guide for the Care of Children and Young People in Hospital; Parent Advice Booklet; Sick Children, Money Worries - the cost of having a child in hospital.

Contact Information: 

Children in Hospital Ireland
Carmichael Centre,
Coleraine House, Coleraine Street, Dublin 7.

Tel. 01 8780448
Fax. 01 8735283

Hours: 9am to 6pm. Out-of-hours answering machine.


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