Temple Street gets bigger, brighter and better
A donation from a the granddaughter of Ryanair founder Tony Ryan has helped fund a new emergency department at Temple Street Children's Hospital.
The money was provided by the HSE and a donation from Danielle Ryan and the Cathal Ryan Trust, which was set up in her father's name. Ms Ryan, an actor and businesswoman, is the granddaughter of Ryanair founder Tony.
Health Minister Simon Harris and retired Dublin GAA hero Alan Brogan were on hand to open the facility.
A second two-bay Rapid Assessment and Treatment Unit, two extra single treatment rooms and a new reception and waiting area have been made available at Temple Street for sick children and families.
"The staff in Temple Street do the people of Ireland proud," the minister said. "I would like to commend the staff on their continuing professionalism and their uninterrupted service during the phased refurbishment.
"I was very pleased to see the larger, brighter and more open waiting area and new reception area, which will be a more welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for children, their families and the staff," he added.
Temple Street cared for almost 50,000 children in its Emergency Department in 2015. The new facilities are designed to improve patient experience by increasing available space, adding further isolation rooms and providing more emergency beds.