Beacon Hospital to train students
The south Dublin Beacon Hospital is to become the first private hospital for the training of students studying medicine, nursing, physiotherapy and radiography in University College Dublin.
The UCD Beacon Hospital Academy in Sandyford will be launched by Health Minister Leo Varadkar.
The milestone will mean the students will get practical training in the hospital on teamwork between various specialists and also rapidly-emerging technologies. Previously, this kind of training was solely confined to public hospitals.
The agreement will also see UCD and Beacon Hospital partner on the development and deployment of new technologies in connected health and personalised medicine.
In recent weeks, Prof Prem Puri, consultant paediatric surgeon at the Beacon Hospital, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Federation of Associations of Paediatric Surgeons at a special ceremony in Brazil.
Prof Puri has gained widespread plaudits for his research into underlying mechanisms causing birth defects, and innovative treatments that have benefited children all over the world. His work has led to radical improvement of the management of kidney reflux and contributed to the development of a 15-minute procedure replacing major surgery for patients.