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Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Children with Life Limiting Conditions

Role of Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Children with Life Limiting Conditions

Clinical Nurse Coordinators (CNCs) provide continuity of care for children with life limiting conditions, particularly children with palliative care needs, and their families.

Patient caseloads are coordinated in collaboration with local healthcare professionals/carers in acute and community care settings.

CNCs cover set geographical areas. A child should be referred to the CNC who covers the area in which the child lives, regardless of what hospital they attend.

Referral process

  • Any health care professional may make a referral to a CNC.
  • Complete the referral form with as much information about the child as possible. It should include a comprehensive list of the professionals involved in the child’s care, both hospital and community. Email the CNC before completing the form if you are unsure of the process, or the criteria for referral.
  • The child’s primary consultant and parents/guardians must be aware and agreeable to the referral.
  • Each referral is reviewed by the CNC as soon as possible.
  • The CNC may need further information. They will report back to the referrer advising if the referral meets the acceptance criteria.
  • If the referral is accepted, a triage tool is used to determine the urgency of the referral and how soon contact should be made with the child and family.
  • If the referral is not accepted, a reason will be given and the primary consultant will be informed. The child may be referred again if their condition or prognosis change.

CNC contacts

Galway, Roscommon, Mayo

Colette Goonan
Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Children with Life Limiting Conditions
The Children's Unit
University Hospital Galway
Newcastle Road
Galway
H91 YR71
Email: colette.goonan@hse.ie

Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary

Hilary Noonan
Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Children with Life Limiting Conditions
The Children's Ark
University Hospital Limerick
St Nessan's Road
Dooradoyle
Co. Limerick
V94 F858
Email: hilary.noonan@hse.ie

Cork and Kerry (based in Cork)

Tyrone Horne
Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Children with Life Limiting Conditions
CUH
Wilton Rd
Cork
T12 DC4A
Email: Tyrone.Horne@hse.ie

Cork and Kerry (based in Kerry)

Karen Lovett
Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Children with Life Limiting Conditions
Suaimhneas Centre Box 59
University Hospital Kerry
Tralee
V92 NX94
Email: Karen.lovett@hse.ie

Donegal

Helen McDaid
Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Children with Life Limiting Conditions
St. Conal's
Letterkenny University Hospital
Kilmacrennan Road
Letterkenny
F92 AE81
Email: Helen.McDaid1@hse.ie

Cavan, Monaghan, Meath, Louth

Irene O’Brien
Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Children with Life Limiting Conditions
Our Lady of Lourdes hospital
Drogheda
Co. Louth
A92 VW28
Email: IreneM.OBrien@hse.ie

North Dublin

Jean Fitzsimons
Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Children with Life Limiting Conditions
Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Temple Street
Temple Street
Dublin 1
D01 YC67
Email: jean.fitzsimons@cuh.ie

Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow

Alison Cashell
Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Children with Life Limiting Conditions
Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Temple Street
Temple Street
Dublin 1
D01 YC67
Email: alison.cashell@cuh.ie

South Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow

Regina Dolan
Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Children with Life Limiting Conditions
CHI at Crumlin
Cooley Rd
Crumlin
Dublin
D12 N512
Email: Regina.Dolan@olchc.ie

Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath

Eilish O’Connell
Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Children with Life Limiting Conditions
Paediatric Unit
RHM
Mullingar
Co Westmeath
N91 NA43
Email: Eilish.oconnell@hse.ie

South East region – Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary

Liane Murphy
Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Children with Life Limiting Conditions
University Hospital Waterford
Dunmore Road
Waterford
X91 ER8E
Email: SEClinicalNurseCoordinator@hse.ie

Laura Flaherty
Clinical Nurse Coordinator for Children with Life Limiting Conditions
University Hospital Waterford
Dunmore Road
Waterford
X91 ER8E
Email: SEClinicalNurseCoordinator@hse.ie