Friends of the Coombe is a charity organisation established in 1982 to help raise funds to assist the development of the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital and support its vital research programmes. The hospital is one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of Women and Infant healthcare in Europe.
Since it was founded in 1826, the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital has distinguished itself as a world-class medical centre providing care for the newborn and women of all ages at the highest level. Over 700 medical, nursing, midwifery, research scientists and other staff are committed every day to providing world-class medical care for the needs of women and infants.
The Hospitals commitment to a philosophy of care which is family centred is visible in all aspects of the staffs work .Together, Friends of the Coombe work to enhance and promote that philosophy of care. There is massive pressure on resources" and through fundraising alone, we are not in receipt of any grants, we have bought a long list of vital equipment which helps enhance the quality of care provided within the Hospital. Most importantly we are accessible to staff. Where there is a need we respond quickly and that impact can be felt right throughout the Hospital.
We fund projects right across the Hospital which require as little as €50 to those which need much more. The same criteria apply - how will the patients benefit and will the funding contribute to the Hospital maintaining its status as a centre of excellence. Like all charities we have to prioritise need and so we work closely with the medics to ensure that we focus on the things which cannot be funded from other resources..
Funds raised by Friends of the Coombe support three main areas in the hospital.
Mothers and Babies:
The hospital deliveres over 9,000 babies every year. It is a national referral centre for pregnant women who have complex pregnancies. The hospital ensures that all mothers have the best care available, to maintain its position at the forefront of obstetric care this hospital must continually invest in new technology.The paediatric service at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital is one of our greatest strengths and is the biggest provider of care in Ireland for babies born below 1500grammes. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit seeks to acquire the latest technology and equipment for the care of sick babies, particularly those infants who are very small and premature.
The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital plays a leading role in gynaecological care in Ireland. Funds raised by the Friends of the Coombe play an important part in supporting gynaecological services, both diagnostic and therapeutic gynaecological surgery.
The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital is currently a global leader in a wide range of areas in women and infant’s health research. To advance this success and set new challenges and goals, the hospital must continue to seek to answer important questions directly related to improving the health of women and infants.Our Research Laboratory focuses on a wide range of areas including cervical and breast cancer as well as paediatric diseases such as cystic fibrosis. Investing in the relevant technology will allow the laboratory to concentrate on the prevention of disease through better understanding.
Prioritized Wish List:
Cosy Cot Infant Warmer x 4 €70,000
Our patients need gentle care and an environment in which their individual requirements can be given every attention. When life is most fragile, needs can change in a heartbeat and in those precious moments decisions are critical and the right information and equipment is vital. We are currently fundraising for 4 Cosy Cot Infant Warmer machines. Immediately after delivery the newborn baby experiences some degree of thermal instability as it moves from the mothers womb to the cooler enviroment of the delivery room. A newborn baby has about four times greater capacity to lose heat than an adult. The warmer provides safe, powerful and controlled warming to restore the temperature drop experienced by the baby immediately after delivery and stabilizes the infant.