Monday 16 September 2019

CF unit finally set to open

The transfer of patients to the long-awaited new unit for cystic fibrosis sufferers in St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin is due to go ahead over the coming weeks.

The unit, with en suite rooms, has been delayed for years despite serious concerns about cystic fibrosis patients, who are susceptible to infection, having to share wards with other ill patients.

The new Nutley Wing seven-storey development at the hospital will have two floors which will contain the dedicated cystic fibrosis unit.

Under an agreed protocol on the use of the the beds, 20 single en suite rooms in the new wing will be dedicated for in-patient cystic fibrosis care.

Another 10 single en suite rooms have been set aside for dedicated day-case cystic fibrosis care. The number of cystic fibrosis in-patients at St Vincent's is expected to vary between 20 and 34.

When the beds are not required for CF they will be used for other in-patients. However there is an agreement that there will always be beds available for CF patients.

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