YOUNG patients who previously found hospital a daunting experience can now take trips through emergency and x-ray departments in style.
It's all thanks to thanks to the fleet of mini electric BMW cars that were delivered to Cork hospitals over the weekend courtesy of Keary's Motor Group.
The vehicles were dispatched from the company's showrooms in Little Island over the weekend to the delight of hospitals across Cork. These included Cork University Hospital, The Mercy University Hospital and the Bon Secours Hospital. Hospitals across Dublin also received deliveries of the toys from the organisation.
This initiative was initially devised by Cork entrepreneur and Kearys BMW customer, Pat Phelan in response to an appeal by Paediatric Emergency Medicine Consultant at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital in Dublin, Dr Nuala Quinn, Dr. Quinn had been appealing for donations of electric ride-on cars after being inspired by the actions of hospitals in the US and UK.
She welcomed the innovative new additions to Cork and Dublin hospitals, saying:
“Entering the doors of any A&E can be a traumatic experience for children and their parents and particularly anxious for everyone at these times, as we are all masked and gowned. This is both a practical and enjoyable distraction for children to drive themselves along the corridor to X-Ray and we greatly appreciate this special delivery from Kearys Motor Group.” Head of Paediatrics, at the Bon Secours Hospital, Dr Niamh Lynch spoke of the excitement the toys will bring to her many young patients.
“The electric BMW will bring great excitement and a little fun to the Paediatric Ward here at the Bon Secours Hospital," she said. "Like everything, the car will be sanitised between use and I am sure the children will enjoy travelling in style,” Director of Kearys Motor Group, Brendan Keary said he was delighted to be able to support the worthy cause.
“We are delighted to get involved and sponsor these cars4kids, to support the fantastic work of all our medics and bring some joy to sick children at this difficult time.”