Welcome to the Brookfield Clinic for Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (OSOT). Our clinic was established in 2006 as a joint venture with occupational therapy services in the community(HSE) and with a local primary school for children with special education needs. The HSE partnership is with the Cork Community OT service who provide occupational therapy for adults and children.
Initially the clinic served adults and then went on to provide a clinic-based service for children under 6 years of age. Since July 2010, the clinic serves as a children’s service, for children in the catchment area of South Lee. The clinic has a joint aim: to provide effective therapy for children and families who attend the service, and to provide education for the Occupational Therapy students being educated in the Department.
The school partnership works as an on-site and as an outreach clinic with St Killian’s School in Bishopstown. Children in the school who attend occupational therapy avail of the clinic room for sensory-motor work each week during term time. Occupational Therapy students in Year 2 then attend the school for experience of working with children in small groups and for individual therapy sessions in the context of a school environment.
Occupational Therapy students learn a broad range of knowledge and skills during their 4 year programme and the clinic provides a range of experiences for them in particular to make the learning real. As a task-based learning programme, learning on the job, doing tasks related to practising occupational therapy ensures students’ learning is as effective as possible.
The Brookfield OSOT Clinic also services as a site for research and to date some undergraduate and post-graduate projects have taken place using the clinic facilities.
Referring children to Brookfield OSOT Clinic:
Referral to the clinic is through the HSE South Lee Community OT services.
By Car or On Foot:
The Brookfield Health Science Complex is approximately a 5-10 minute walk from the main campus of U.C.C. From the city centre, go towards Washington Street and travel straight down Lancaster Quay until you reach Donovan’s Road. Turn left up Donovan’s Road. At the top of the road turn right onto College Road. Travel straight down College Road passing the U.C.C. main campus and the Bons Secours Hospital on your right. Brookfield Health Complex is on your right hand side just before the Brookfield Holiday Village.
From the City Centre board a No. 5 (marked ‘Rossa Avenue’). Ask to get off at Brookfield, College Road.
The Brookfield Clinic is situated in the Brookfield Health Science Complex, University College Cork on the ground floor. It is beside the Brookfield Holiday Village.
When you enter the main gates, take the first right hand turn. Follow the signs to the main entrance. There are a limited number of parking spaces available for visitors at the complex. These spaces are situated in the undercroft of the building. There are two designated Clinic Spaces available in the undercroft car park. If you park in one of these clinic spaces please display your parking permit which was posted to you with your appointment letter. These are also available from the Clinic Reception or your therapist. There is a Pay & Display system in operation for all spaces. The fee is €2 per hour.
Access for Wheelchair Users and Baby Buggies:
In the undercroft there is one space reserved for people with wheelchairs. In the front of the main entrance there are another two spaces reserved for people with wheelchairs. The main entrance is accessed by a lift situated to the left of the steps (next to the banklink machine).
Go up the main steps then enter the building through the Main Entrance, turn left & pass the main security desk then turn left & left again to get to the clinic reception (ask at the security desk if you are not sure). If you enter by the lift, exit the lift, turn right and the reception is through the left.
All clients must report to reception. Please remember to bring your appointment card!