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Thursday 22 February 2018

New cystic fibrosis ward to extend lives

Zoe and David Woodrow with their daughters Lana and Emily at home in Balgriffin, Dublin
Zoe and David Woodrow with their daughters Lana and Emily at home in Balgriffin, Dublin

Edel O'Connell

THE lives of vulnerable children with cystic fibrosis (CF) could be lengthened as a result of a new state-of-the-art ward, which will be officially opened by President Mary McAleese today.

The four-bed, in-patient children's CF unit at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin, is making a huge difference to the lives of children with the disease, which leaves then extremely vulnerable to cross-infection.

An independent review of CF services in Ireland carried out by Dr Ronnie Pollock in 2004 identified the in-patient facility at Crumlin as being well below expected standards, potentially putting patients with CF at risk of picking up life-threatening infections.

As capital investment from the HSE was not forthcoming, the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland (CFAI) provided €750,000 towards a new in-patient unit.

The ward's four isolation rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, televisions, DVD players and PlayStations.

Previously, children with CF were treated on a general ward.

Mother-of-three Zoe Woodward from Balgriffin in north Dublin has two daughters with CF -- Emily (5) and Lana (4) -- who attend Crumlin.

"The stress levels of having a child in hospital is reduced dramatically by having facilities like these," she said.

Ms Woodward raised €200,000 for the unit through a campaign called '1 in 1000' by convincing 1,100 women to run the Flora Women's mini marathon for CF in 2010.

Irish Independent

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