TRINITY MED DAY RAISE €25,000 FOR ST JAMES’S HOSPITAL
We were delighted to be at TCD Biosoc’s 145th Inaugural Meeting where we were presented with 2 cheques from the proceeds of 2019 Med Day.
Our ICU Department received €20,000 for their garden project and our Physiotherapy Department received €5,000 for their Breast Cancer Survivorship Care project.
Trinity Med Day is a fundraising organisation run by medical students at Trinity College Dublin. In recognition of the contribution the hospitals have played during their studies, 600 medical students took to the streets of Dublin on Friday 8th November 2019, to raise much-needed funds for essential hospital services. The beneficiaries of the funds raised in 2019 include St James’s Hospital, Tallaght University Hospital, Our Lady’s Hospice Harold’s Cross and Blackrock and the Trinity Access Project (TAP).
Projects funded in St James’s Hospital:
ICU Garden (St James’s Hospital)
The Intensive Care Unit is an extremely stressful environment both for patients and families. For many years now when patients are stable and in the recovery phase of their illness, ICU staff have endeavoured to take them out of the ICU for short periods, away from business and noise. With Med Day’s funding, there is a plan to develop one of the unused courtyard spaces in St James’, making it wheelchair accessible and planted with shrubs and flowers to give the patient a calming space. Ideally the area would be equipped with power supply and medical gas (or space for gas cylinders) so patients can be monitored and supported. The evidence shows that exposure to daylight and green spaces enhances recovery in patients after critical illness.
Breast Cancer Survivorship Care, Physiotherapy ( St James’s Hospital)
This cancer survivorship project encompasses two outpatient initiatives – the implementation of a Pink Pilates class and an eight-week circuit based exercise class. The projects overall aim is to start an outpatient survivorship program for patients who have had breast cancer. Receiving funding for these two projects would facilitate essential equipment to be purchased, ensuring the projects overall success, while improving the prospect of receiving funding for more outpatient programs in the future. Both projects will have a huge positive impact on the quality of life and provide much needed support for the cancer survivorship population in St. James’ department. It will help ensure not only do patients feel supported as an inpatient but on discharge they have a strong system in place that will help empower them to live their lives as best they can and ensure that this is not a journey they have to take alone.
Many thanks to the Med Day committee and all the TCD students who took part in this wonderful annual fundraiser.