People had so much respect and love for the staff at Temple Street following the Late Late's special
Magnificent people that keep morale high at a very difficult time.
Much like the general feeling that people have towards our nurses, nobody ever wants to meet the staff at Temple Street because that would probably involve a visit with a sick child.
However, if parents and children do happen to visit the hospital, it's incredibly reassuring to see that every single child is given the best care possible.
During the most recent episode of the Late Late Show, Ryan Tubridy decided to highlight some of the incredible people that make Temple Street so special.
In the discussion, Tubridy was talking to some of the patients that recently stayed in the hospital and after hearing their stories of bravery, courage, and strength, the focus switched to some of the staff.
Prior to the chat, we got to see Tubridy visiting the hospital as he witnessed some of the excellent work being done there.
After hearing stories from former patients like Miles, Ivy, Ruadhan, and Sophia, audiences were then introduced to John Doyle (Head of Support Services), Professor Alan Mortell (Consultant Paediatric Surgeon), Denise Brady (a nurse in the St. Patrick's Ward), Joan Broderick (Clinical Nurse Manager in the Emergency Department,) and Norah McDonnell (Canteen staff).
With over 1,100 staff in Temple Street, these people are just some of the many diligent professionals that keep the hospital going and spirits up.
In fact, a very simple story from Norah when she was working in the canteen showed why Temple Street is so unique.
"A lady came into me one morning - it was early in the morning - and we weren't open, she was looking for a cup of coffee. I could see that she was stressed, so I brought her in and gave her a cup of coffee. I told her that everything would be fine and that the doctors here are great and that her child is going to be fine. I just gave her a hug and she then wrote a post that went viral about how much I comforted her and how happy she was just to get a hug at such a difficult time," she said.
A very simple gesture that can have such a powerful impact.
Despite the obvious feelings of fear and sadness associated with any hospital, it's to the immense credit of the patients and staff at Temple Street that the hospital is consistently seen as a place that's brimming with laughter, generosity and kindness.
As stated in the interview below by Alan and Ciara, the parents of little Ruadhan, they're convinced that their child received the best possible medical care and so much more.
"The medical care in Temple Street is phenomenal but we're convinced that it was the love and emotional support that we got as parents - and also that he (Ruadhan) got (that helped him recover). Any night that we couldn't stay with him, we could trust that they would cuddle him if he was upset," said Alan.
Yes, Temple Street is a hospital that provides the best care possible, but the staff also do their best to make it feel like a home - something that the Irish public greatly respect.
Plenty of people had so much admiration for the people that walk through the front doors of Temple Street Children's Hospital.
On Friday night, Tesco Ireland donated €280,000 to Temple Street in an effort to highlight the unbelievable lengths their colleagues have gone to with their fundraising efforts over the past few years.
On that note, donations can still be made to continue and improve this excellent work. Simply text TEMPLE to 50300 to donate €4.
John from Temple Street is a bit of a legend by the sounds of it.#latelate
— Caolán Mc Aree (@Caolanmcaree) February 22, 2019
Great to see Temple Street on the #latelate getting the credit it deserves. A fantastic hospital with lovely staff. I thought I was bad having to spend 12 days there but it's nothing in comparison to the months some kids spend there. Can't speak highly enough of everyone there.
— Edward Leonard (@newedleonard) February 22, 2019
The people that work in both Temple street and crumlin hospital are deserve so much credit ! Amazing people with such big hearts 💚💚 #LateLate
— Áine O Donovan (@aineodonovan10) February 22, 2019
Great slot on #latelate Temple Street is so great. Was there with my son over 30 years ago & was fantastic then too.
Ryan is always great with the kids. #latelateshow
Text TEMPLE to 50300 to donate €4 to Temple Street hospital.
— Margaret Traynor (@SteppingOnline) February 22, 2019
— CiaránBurns (@cpburns92) February 23, 2019
Lovely inSight into the Amazing temple street staff and the wonderful important work that they do for sick children in this country
— maureen (@maureenmcgourty) February 23, 2019
John is an inspiration to us all in temple street. His kindness, his compassion, children and their families at the centre. So delighted to see him honored tonight https://t.co/gELYum1mQa
— Gabrielle Colleran (@ProfSuperJunior) February 22, 2019
That’s a wrap for the show, but remember, our efforts to help the little heroes and their families NEVER stops. You can help too by donating to @Temple_Street , simply follow https://t.co/I2mVbdUotc. No donation is too big or too small. After all, every little helps. #LateLate pic.twitter.com/6br6tD3Ahh
— Tesco Ireland (@TescoIrl) February 22, 2019
Our wonderful colleagues have been at the heart of our fundraising efforts for @Temple_Street for FIVE whole years. From the Great Irish Bake to raffles and head shaves, parachute jumps and a charity single! And… you can help too! Visit https://t.co/I2mVbdCN4C to donate pic.twitter.com/4oAVb2LVvt
— Tesco Ireland (@TescoIrl) February 22, 2019