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Temple Street Children's University Hospital has claimed that a shocking 842 children who were attending its Emergency Department in 2018 were living in emergency accomodation, or didn't have a fixed address.

This means that there has been a 29 percent increase in the amount of patients who are being discharged into homelessness in Dublin, and one-quarter of the children were under one year old.

In 2017, the number of children discharged from ED who had no fixed address was 651.

The majority children last year presented with medical ailments such as chest infections, seizures, asthma, high temperatures and vomiting.

On the other side, 23 percent of children presented with trauma such as head lacerations, burns, self-harm and hand and arm injuries.

In the final three months of 2018 alone, 260 children attended Temple Street's Emergency Department without a fixed address.

Head Medical Social Worker at Temple Street, Anne-Marie Jones commented on the situation, condemning it as "shameful";

She said: "When these children leave our ED, they stay in temporary accommodation with cramped conditions and no appropriate cooking, washing or play facilities."

She added; "This results in accidents or traumas that wouldn’t normally happen if these families were housed in a family home.” 

Dr Ike Okafor, Emergency Medicine Consultant , meanwhile, argued that children's recovery is massively affected by their living situation.

Dr Okafor claims that; "There are children where you do what you can do in hospital, and then you hope they'll go home and recover."

"But these accommodations aren't conducive for recovery for some of the conditions – so they're not the ideal," he said.

He described cases of children undergoing surgery and then having nowhere to go from there, as well as incidents involving children being assaulted trying to find accommodation.

The most recent official homeless figures from November show there were 3,811 children in emergency accommodation that month.

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Christmas FM is the radio station spreading that festive cheer throughout December, but the station has just announced the unbelievable results of their fundraising efforts for 2018.

An unbelievable €404,551 was raised for their chosen charity of 2018, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.

This will have massive repercussions for the hospital, the funds will go towards purchasing new state-of-the-art lifesaving equipment such as incubators and ventilators.

These machines allow the gift of life to be given to over 1,000 critically ill babies and children in Temple Street.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Since its inception in 2008, the total amount of money raised for Christmas FM's choice of assorted charities has hit almost €2 million.

Garvan Rigby, co-founder of Christmas FM commented on the news: “We are delighted to have raised over €400,000 with the success of this year’s fundraising campaign," he said.

"We would like to thank all of our loyal listeners who tuned in and donated so generously to this year’s chosen charity, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the BAI for granting us the license," he added.

"Of course, the station is so grateful to have so many people who aid in making it all happen by helping with the day to day running of the station".

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chief Executive of the Temple Street Foundation, Denise Fitzgerald, also expressed her delight;

 “We are completely overwhelmed by the amount of love and support shown to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital over the course of the Christmas FM campaign."

"The goodwill and generosity of individuals, families, companies and communities up and down the country is hugely uplifting and will bring real and lasting difference to sick children in our critical care wards."

She made sure to thank the team at Christmas FM for choosing them as their charity campaign this year, as well as everyone who donated over the festive season.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The station raised over €400,000 in just 30 days, which displays the power which radio holds to unite the country for a great cause.

Christmas FM is funded through sponsorship and more than 100 volunteers run the campaign on-air, devoting hundreds of hours of their time. 

Charity partners such as Sightsavers, ISPCC, Barnardos, Simon, Age Action, Aware, Make-A-Wish Ireland and Focus Ireland have been the former choice of the station.

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