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Friday 19 September 2014

New Cystic Fibrosis unit cuts down on infection rate

Published 29/07/2014 | 02:30

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Brid Ni Niadh, CF sufferer, at GUH, where a new CF Unit has been opened. Photo: Andrew Downes
Brid Ni Niadh, CF sufferer, at GUH, where a new CF Unit has been opened. Photo: Andrew Downes

Brid Ni Niadh is looking forward to a new lease of life after a brand new unit for Cystic Fibrosis opened in her home county.

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The 31-year-old from Rosmuc in Co Galway was diagnosed with CF at just six months old. Since she was a teenager she has been in and out of hospital.

The beauty therapist said she believes the new Galway unit, dedicated specifically for CF patients, will help keep the number of infections she catches down.

"It's going benefit a lot of people it's going to help reduce cross-infection and give people peace of mind. Prior to this it would have been in a mixed clinic. You can pick up anything, any bacteria, bugs, flu or viruses that are going around," she said.

Brid revealed how her condition deteriorated when she was a teenager.

"I was relatively well up until my teenage years. Everything kind of kicked off when I became an adult.

Due to an increase in her hospital stays Brid has been unable to work in recent years, however, she hopes the new unit will give her the strength to get back.

The new unit – which consists of four examination rooms, a treatment room and a gym – will begin seeing patients in September.

It cost €590,000 to build, with €250,000 funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Association, and the balance funded by the hospital and HSE.

Irish Independent

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