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Making an appointment for your baby at the Coombe Baby Clinic

Department of Paediatrics and Newborn Medicine

Tel: (01) 408 5244 Fax: (01) 408 5743

Opening hours: 9am - 3pm Monday - Friday (by appointment only)

 

Do I have to have an appointment to go to the Baby Clinic?

Yes. The hospital, GP (doctor) or Public Health Nurse will arrange an appointment for your baby.

 

I am worried about my baby. What can I do?

You can ring and speak to a midwife at the clinic. She will make you an appointment if you need one. It will probably be a morning appointment.

 

If you believe your baby is unwell, please go to your GP (doctor) or the Accident and Emergency (also called A&E) Department in your nearest Children's Hospital (Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin, National Children's Hospital Tallaght or Children's University Hospital Temple Street).

 

Where is the Baby Clinic?

Our clinic is to the right of the main hospital in the visitor's car park beside the private clinic.

 

What do I need to think of before my appointment?

Please remember to bring with you:

  • appointment card or letter or
  • your child's referral letter (a referral letter is usually written by your doctor)

 

If you need an interpretation service, please tell us before you attend the clinic. This gives us a chance to arrange to have an interpreter available.

 

Please be on time but do not arrive more than half an hour before your appointment time. Otherwise, our waiting space may become overcrowded.

 

If possible, please bring just one person with you to your appointment. Again, this is due to space constraints. Bring extra nappies and feeds as you may be delayed.

 

If you have other children, please make sure that you have someone to collect them from school or playschool, as we can't allow you to skip the queue.

 

I can't make my appointment, what do I do?

Please ring us immediately and we will make another appointment for you. our telephone numbers are:

(01) 408 5244 or

(01) 408 5226.

 

Please tell us if you change your address or contact phone number.

 

Will I have to wait long to see the doctor?

We hope not. We do our best to keep waiting times as short as possible. However:

  • some babies may have to be seen before others, and
  • your doctor may be called to an emergency in the main hospital, which will cause a delay in your baby being reviewed.

 

When you arrive at the clinic, we weigh your baby in an open weighing area but the doctor will see your baby in a private room.

 

While you are waiting, please note the following points:

  • You must make sure that your children are supervised at all times.
  • You are not allowed to smoke in the hospital or on its grounds.
  • You are welcome to read and take home educational leaflets from the clinic.
  • If you need to use your mobile phone, please go to the waiting room and speak quietly. Put your phone on silent or switch it off once you are called by a midwife, nurse or doctor.

 

What facilities does the clinic have?

For your comfort, we provide the following facilities:

  • toilets
  • a baby changing area
  • bottle warmer, and
  • a breast feeding room with power socket. You will need to bring your own pump.

 

We are sorry but we do not supply sterilisers or boiling water.

 

Do I have to have appointments to see specialist staff?

Yes, you must have an appointment to meet the following staff at the clinic:

Physiotherapy                                            Tel: (01)    408 5319

Dietician                                                      Tel: (01)   408 5319 You must be referred to the dietician.

Newborn Hearing Screening                  Tel: (01)   408 5302

Lactation (breastfeeding) Consultant    Tel: (01)  408 5761

 

Appointments can be made Monday to Friday inclusive. We are not open at the weekend.

 

Have a question?

Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We hope that you have a good visit to our Baby Clinic. We look forward to greeting you and your child. We welcome your comments and feedback.

 

Useful websites

www.hse.ie

www.irishprematurebabies.com

www.whatsupmum.ie

 

Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital
Cork St.
Dublin 8.

Tel: +353-1-408 5200
Fax: +353-1-453 6033
email: info@coombe.ie

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