The recently refurbished College infirmary opened its doors after the midterm break adding an even greater level of comfort for the boys. Keeping the charm and original features of the old infirmary, the new space brings it up to modern standards. The aim was to make the infirmary as comfortable as possible whilst also being conducive to seamlessly continuing student studies without disruption.
If the boys happen to be spending time in the school infirmary and they feel like they can partake in school-work they can work remotely, with Wi-Fi access, charging points and desks. We have also added a separate physiotherapy and doctors room to the existing floor. Hopefully, the boys will find the creature comforts of the refurbished infirmary a help when they are recuperating.
The existing infirmary building was built in 1872. Over the years the College has been affected by various illnesses such as influenza and scarlatina. A surviving 1819 infirmary medicine inventory suggests that something far less nefarious was the greatest concern for our 19th-century students – constipation and indigestion remedies were in the highest demand. Thankfully, this is no longer the case…!
We have a 24-hour infirmary, managed by four Registered Nurses, who are highly experienced in dealing with injuries and illness. Nursing staff are supported by the school doctor Dr Clive Dunne, who visits the college regularly. A physiotherapist visits the college as needs be to treat boys that require rehabilitation from soft tissue injuries.
The nurses at the Clongowes infirmary provide excellent care for minor injuries, dispense any medication that is prescribed for the boys as well as helping to arrange dental, physiotherapy and other appointments. The team is always on hand to offer a listening ear and support to boys who are feeling ill or are simply under the weather. The Nursing staff liaises closely with Prefects and parents in relation to the management of ongoing conditions and any acute injuries or illness that may arise.
We hope that the visitors to the new infirmary have a comfortable stay and are back on their feet quickly!