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Children's ward reopens after €2m renovation

A NEW high-tech ward at Temple Street Children's Hospital has reopened after closing for renovations.

The €2m upgrade of the Top Flat ward included the installation of a patient entertainment system fitted at each bed space, and a satellite school room.

More than 1,900 children are admitted to the ward every year. This includes children suffering from cystic fibrosis and epilepsy.

REDEVELOPED

The ward had not seen any significant improvements since the 1930s, but has now been redeveloped into a mix of four and two bedded units with four single isolation rooms.

The isolation rooms have also been fitted with air-pressurised controlled environments, essential for treating patients who are vulnerable to infection, especially those with cystic fibrosis.

Triona Priestly (15) has cystic fibrosis and spends a significant amount of time in the Top Flat ward.

Her mother Bernie described the new facility as, "fantastic for us, or any family that needs to be in isolation".

"For us it means coming into a safe place, something we were unsure we would ever see.

"It means that Triona can focus on fighting the infection and not having to worry about picking up anything else," she said.

Almost €1.65m of the €2m update was funded by charitable donations, of which more than €350,000 was raised by the Cycle4Life campaign.

Speaking at the ward's reopening, Irish professional cyclist, and world number six Dan Martin praised the dedication of staff and said: "Seeing the newly refurbished Top Flat after only being here last year makes me so proud to be an ambassador for DID Cycle4life."

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