New centre opens for children with CF

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A new clinic for children and young people with cystic fibrious was opened at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda last week.

The new state of the art building was built using mostly from funds from charitable donations to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and the main people involved in the project are Philip Watt CEO CFI; Cyril Gillen (Drogheda branch of CFI), Peter Hughes (Drogheda branch of CFI), Maire and Iain Gallagher (Dundalk branch of CFI) and Loretta Allen Byrne (Meath Branch of CFI).

“This is very much a partnership project between Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, including our local branches (Drogheda, Dundalk and Meath) and Lourdes Hospital Drogheda with some support from the national lottery,” said Philip Watt CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.

“This new unit significantly reduces the chance of cross infection for our young patients who will no longer have to go to the main hospital for their regular assessments.

“A state of the art air filter system will purge the consulting rooms after every visit, helping to ensure there are no harmful bugs for the next patient.

“Thanks to creative use of light and colours the centre is very child friendly.

“Even the bricks are of unusual shape and are designed to make the centre feel innovative and child friendly.”

The building cost €670,000 to build, of which €570,000 was raised through charitable donations to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland including Drogheda, Dundalk and Meath branches.

The remaining €100,000 was provided through a grant from the national lottery supported by Minister for Health, James Reilly TD. Fit out costs, staffing and running costs going forward will be provided by Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and the HSE.

LM4CF was established as a partnership of the Drogheda, Dundalk and Meath branches of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland t o raise funding locally for the project, raising €370,000.

The national office of CFI purchased a house in Windmill Road which was concerted into the unit- and in total contributed over €200,000.

For further information contact CFI at 01-4962433.


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