CF patients rejoice as €3.5m clean-air unit opens
The long campaign for safer facilities for cystic fibrosis patients moved a step closer yesterday after the official opening of a new unit in one of the country's largest treatment centres.
Cystic fibrosis sufferers will see their risk of picking up an infection seriously reduced thanks to the opening of the new €3.5m unit in Dublin's Beaumont Hospital.
The new centre, which provides a range of daycare services to patients, includes consultation and therapy rooms with advanced air filtration systems.
They allow for 12 air changes an hour, which is three times the norm and this will cut down on the time needed between patients.
Reducing the delay between patients in order to eliminate the risk of infection will allow for more people to be seen every day.
It improves patient access to a range of facilities and means that if they need to be admitted to a ward they can bypass the feared emergency department where they are in danger of picking up a bug.
After years of delay the contract was finally signed for the construction of a new ward block development in St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin, to provide 100 single en suite rooms to accommodate cystic fibrosis, liver disease, oncology and other specialties.
These facilities will be opened in April 2012 and will save many patients from having to be exposed to potentially life-threatening bugs.
Dr Cedric Gunaratnam, a respiratory consultant in Beaumont said the new unit would bring "significant benefits" for cystic fibrosis patients.
Beaumont Hospital is one of the largest adult centres in the country providing specialist treatment to adults with cystic fibrosis.
The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland has welcomed the new facilities. It said it will be monitoring progress closely in St Vincent's Hospital.