Paediatric Emergency Medicine Study Day

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The Paediatric team at UL School of Medicine and University Hospital Limerick hosted a Paediatric Emergency Medicine Study Day on Friday 6th May. The interdisciplinary event was open to all healthcare professionals and students throughout the hospital group, the university and beyond. More than 70 attendees joined the hybrid event, logging on remotely or joining in person in the Clinical Education and Research Centre (CERC). The event was approved for CPD from the RCPI. 

The Study Day was opened by Professor Deirdre McGrath, Head of School at the University of Limerick School of Medicine, and closing remarks were provided by Ms Margaret Gleeson, Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery at ULHG, on behalf of the UL Hospital Group CEO, Professor Colette Cowan. 

Speakers on the day were: 

· Dr Michael Barrett, Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin, and Associate Clinical Professor in Women’s & Children’s Health, UCD School of Medicine 

· Dr Laura Melody, Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin 

· Ms Fiona Lyons, Senior Medical Social Worker at Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin 

· Ms Birgitta Joyce, Emergency Department Community Liaison Nurse at Children’s Health Ireland, Temple Street 

· Ms Emer Coyne, Senior Medical Social Worker at Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin 

Topics included paediatric trauma in Ireland, multidisciplinary care in the Emergency Department, and safe sedation in paediatrics. As part of the day’s events, Dr Barrett and Dr Melody were invited to deliver weekly UHL Grand Rounds. The title of their joint presentation was ‘Paediatric Emergency Medicine: Adding Value to Paediatric Care’. 

Breakout rooms for case discussion were available to those who attended in person and were facilitated by the visiting speakers. A final panel Q&A session was conducted to close out the day’s events. 

Pictured: Professor Deirdre McGrath, Head of School, University of Limerick School of Medicine. Professor Clodagh O’Gorman, Foundation Chair & Professor of Paediatrics, University of Limerick School of Medicine. Dr Siobhán Gallagher, Consultant Paediatrician, University Hospital Limerick and CHO 3 Disability Services; Clinical Director, Maternal and Child Health Directorate, UL Hospitals Group. Dr Siobhán Neville, Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics, University of Limerick School of Medicine; Consultant General Paediatrician, University Hospital Limerick. Dr Laura Melody, Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin. Ms Birgitta Joyce, Community Liaison Nurse, Emergency Department, Children’s Health Ireland, Temple Street. Ms Emer Coyne, Senior Social Work Practitioner, Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin. Ms Fiona Lyons, Senior Social Work Practitioner, Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin.  Dr Michael Barrett, Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s Health Ireland; UCD Associate Clinical Professor, Women’s & Children’s Health, UCD School of Medicine.