Thursday 23 March 2017

€10.5m facility provides vital help to cystic fibrosis patients

Gordon Deegan

DETAILS of a €10.5m unit -- which will provide new facilities for sufferers of cystic fibrosis and Parkinson's Disease -- are to be announced next week.

Planning permission was secured last month for a seven-storey centre at Limerick's Regional Hospital, which will include a dedicated nine-bed unit for cystic fibrosis patients.

The medical centre is being part funded by around €4m raised by the JP McManus Pro-Am Golf Classic.

The plan also includes a neurological/acute-stroke in-patient centre and specialist breast and dermatology out-patient units.

Next Monday, the HSE is to host a press briefing at which details of the new services and how they will be funded will be announced.

Isolation

Labour's health spokeswoman and Limerick east TD Jan O'Sullivan said yesterday that the isolation facilities for the cystic fibrosis patients were "vital and necessary".

Up until now, the regional hospital has only had three dedicated CF beds and according to the planning documents, they "are located on medical wards, without isolation facilities, which presents a very real threat of cross infection".

The submission states: "The facilities will offer peace of mind to families and friends of CF sufferers."

The chief executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland, Philip Watt said the new facilities would be "a strong beacon of hope" for CF sufferers.

Work is expected to commence on the plan next July and be complete by December 2012.

Irish Independent

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