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"The ward is built around babies, but it has to be used by people up to the age of 18"

The Youth Advisory Council of the new children’s hospital say that the wards need to be more comfortable.

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THE YOUTH ADVISORY Council of the new children’s hospital has called for wards that are more comfortable for teenagers.

Speaking at an event to launch the design team of the hospital yesterday, Orla Jackman of the council spoke about the experiences of people her age in hospital.

“We were happy to hear that the single bed rooms were going ahead the way we’d asked.

“Privacy was a big thing with us.

Many of us spent days, weeks, months in hospitals sharing bedrooms with babies, watching Peppa Pig on the television, stuffed in the corner when you’re just as sick as them.

“An en suite may be too much to ask for, but it’s the little things like that that make a huge difference.”

Jackman added that parking was a huge difficulty for her family when her treatment got under way. She expressed her happiness that the St James’s campus in Dublin 8 will have 1,000 parking spaces.

She said that comfort was a problem and that patients wanted social wifi to enable teenagers to keep in touch with their friends and said that a room for teenagers would be welcome.

Read: “What’s the fuss about?”: Children’s Hospital architect says project won’t be a problem

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