A Day in the Life of… Paul Harding

Manager, CHI at Connolly and ADON (Assistant Director of Nursing)

I’m up at about 5.20am and out early to catch the train from Portarlington heading for Dublin. I let the dogs out, make tea in my travel mug and hit the road.

The train generally arrives in Heuston station for 6.40am where I grab my bike and cycle across the beautiful Phoenix Park to CHI at Connolly in Blanchardstown which is our new paediatric Outpatient and Urgent Care Centre that opened in July 2019.

When I arrive at work at 7.30am, I check what is in the calendar for the day and review any urgent emails that I need to follow up on.

At 8.30am every morning, I attend the ‘huddle’ where members of our amazing team come together to review outstanding actions from the previous day and see what is ahead.

This takes about 15 minutes and allows each Department in CHI at Connolly to remain informed of what is happening. Then it’s back to the desk and meetings.

At 11am, I might have to head for CHI at Temple Street to meet with an MDT (Multidisciplinary Team) regarding the development of new outpatient clinics in Connolly.

Then at 12 noon, I head back to Connolly to review patient activity and check in with the department leads, followed by lunch, which is a sandwich and soup, and a chat with colleagues.

At 3pm every day I join a cross-site conference call regarding the flow of patients across the three children’s hospitals. This might be followed by a meeting with the National Ambulance Service regarding patient transfer activity and vehicle management.

At 6pm, I am on my bike again and head back to Heuston station for the 6.30pm train. On the train I usually have some time to catch up on Netflix or chat with some of the regular faces on the journey home.

I get home at about 7.20pm, grab some dinner with the family and then possibly go for a run or go to the gym as long as it isn’t a Champions League Night.

The UCC in CHI at Connolly is a walk-in service treating minor injuries and illnesses such as vomiting, diarrhoea and mild asthma.

For more information, visit www.childrenshealthireland.ie/Connolly