The hospital has set up beehives to ease the fear of children suffering from life-threatening reactions to bees and bee stings.
Oak University Hospital has become home to tens of thousands of bees in a unique apiary project.
Patients will soon be able to see insects from the waiting room via the CCTV system installed at the entrance to the hive.
The € 15,000 project, funded by the CUH charity, will take three years to create the hospital’s own CU Honey brand.
The Wilton Campus is a national center for the treatment of children who have endured a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to bees and bee stings.
Treatment requires immunotherapy (intensive and long-term injection of venom). This helps the immune system build resistance to venom.
Despite being very successful in reducing the risk of future reactions, many patients are far from bees and bees, even if there is a family connection with beekeeping.
Dr. Juan Trujillo, a pediatric allergy consultant, said the project will reassure patients who can continue to live as well while reducing the potential for life-threatening stings.
“They need to know that allergies are everywhere, but this kind of treatment will reduce anxiety in the future,” he said.
The introduction of urticaria also boosts campus-wide biodiversity while helping to reverse Ireland’s declining bee population. CUH, which treats up to 20 anaphylactic patients each year, has introduced a hay fever garden and two hives that house 40,000 bees.
The Cork facility, which has already won the Green Flag Award from An Taisce, doesn’t have to go far to find someone to care for a small guest. Some of the hospital staff are also beekeepers.
One of them was Dr. Anda Dumitrescu of UCC’s Pediatrics, who said the project would allow all children attending CUH as inpatients to learn about bees and their ecosystems at CUH’s school. ..