Helen Nolan, Nurse Manager of The National Burns Unit, and Sandra Brady, Clinical Nutrition Manager at St. James’s Hospital, were delighted to receive a visit from fifth year Mount Sackville student, Katie Murphy. On behalf of her classmates, Katie brought with her a gift of €448 – representing the proceeds of their recent Halloween bake sale; she had wanted to do something to support the burns unit where her aunt had been a patient.
Katie reported that Mount Sackville focused on home economics and, from the pictures of the beautiful produce the girls made and sold, their pride in their work and their competitive spirit was clear; they made cakes and cookies adorned with spiders and webs and broomsticks – even brownies shaped like scary-looking tombstones! They made all of the produce themselves and were sold out in a lunchtime. Helen asked Katie to pass on her own and the thanks of the staff to the class: “Patients need support and encouragement to get better – and a positive environment is so important to this; ward refurbishment is vital.”
The National Burns Unit at St. James’s Hospital caters to severely burned patients from all over Ireland. Patients are admitted following house-fires, construction accidents and other traumatic incidents – suffering from burns ranging from 1 – 2% of their entire body skin to 90% and higher. A multi-disciplinary team provides specialist care for more than 200 people each year. The staff of The National Burns Unit aims to raise €500,000 over the next two to three years to provide new equipment and infrastructural changes that will directly improve their possibility to care for patients. For more information about The National Burns Unit and about the appeal, please see the hospital’s website