New cystic fibrosis ward to extend lives
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.