Paediatrics Area in ED

Redecorated Paediatrics Area in UHK’S ED Department Honors Late Nurse Kerrie Browne

The Browne family unveiled the newly redecorated Paediatrics area in the Emergency Department of University Hospital Kerry (UHK) on Wednesday, September 27th, 2023. This heartfelt initiative pays tribute to their beloved daughter and sister, Kerrie Browne, whose memory will forever be honoured at UHK.

Kerrie Browne, a compassionate and dedicated nurse, tragically lost her life on October 2nd, 2019. Prior to working at UHK, Kerrie had worked as an agency nurse in London for five years. Her return to Ireland was marked by her vivacious work as a nurse at UHK, where she quickly made an indelible mark on her colleagues. In the spirit of remembering Kerrie’s vibrant personality and her love for travel, the Browne family organised the Kerrie Browne Memorial 5K Run in Brosna on January 5th, 2020, raising an impressive €7,000 for University Hospital Kerry.

The central feature of the redecorated Paediatrics area is its captivating murals, a symbol of Kerrie’s passion for exploration and adventure. The Paediatric waiting area is embellished with wall to wall muralling which include a World Map, recognising Kerrie’s love of travel. Inside the paediatric cubicles, our paediatric patients will find a park-themed design complete with a park bench, adorned with the heartfelt inscription, In loving memory of Kerrie Browne; In a thoughtful addition, one of the Paediatric bays, Bay-3, has been redecorated with a muted colour scheme, creating a comfortable environment for children who may have visual sensitivities.

The redecorated Paediatrics space in the Emergency Department will continue providing essential services while now also creating an environment that fosters healing and comfort. The addition of these murals have absolutely transformed an everyday space into a vibrant and child-friendly area, delivering an audio/visual separation from the adult ED space.

The UHK team expresses profound gratitude to the Browne Family for their remarkable generosity. The Browne family’s dedication to preserving Kerrie’s memory through this exceptional redecoration project serves as a testament to their unwavering love and enduring commitment to Kerrie’s memory.

Generations of children to come will have their Emergency Department experience, greatly enhanced, by this uplifting and touching gesture the Browne family have enabled through their fundraising, to Kerry’s legacy.