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Sunday 21 September 2014

Work has begun on cystic fibrosis unit

Published 06/08/2014 | 05:36

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CONSTRUCTION work has begun on a new in-patient, adult cystic fibrosis (CF) unit at CUH, funded by Kerry based charity Build4Life,

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The HSE has confirmed that construction of the unit, which will also cater for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) , chronic asthma, lung cancer along with other chronic respiratory illnesses, will take five months to complete.

The project hit a major stumbling block late last year when a bitter row erupted between charity boss Joe Browne and the HSE over its commitment to provide eight dedicated CF beds in the 20-bed ward.

Mr Browne accused the HSE of backtracking on its commitment to provide life-saving, isolated facilities for CF patients - the whole reason Build4Life agreed to foot the entire €2.3 million bill for the respiratory ward in the first place.

However, following a compromise from both sides, an agreement was finally reached and Build4Life Mr Browne handed over the cash.

As well as offering state of the art facilities for CF patients - which is of course the charity's priority, Ward 5B will be the leading respiratory centre in Munster, targeting up to one million people with COPD , chronic asthma, lung cancer along with other chronic respiratory illnesses.

Kerryman

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