Work has begun on cystic fibrosis unit

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

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.


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