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A new CF unit in Cavan General Hospital has facilitated a re-configuration of the entire paediatric unit which will benefit not just CF patients, but all sick children and young people attending the hospital.

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) expressed their delight in welcoming the official opening of the new CF paediatric in-patient facility by Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, which is a partnership initiative between CFI, Cavan General Hospital, and the HSE.

CFI, particularly members from its Cavan branch, contributed €350,000 to this project, while an additional €100,000 was secured for the project by CFI from National Lottery funding.

Philip Watt, CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, stated: “This new facility will provide a state of the art in-patient unit for children and young people with CF in the greater Cavan area.

“It means that when a child or young person with CF experiences a sudden worsening of their condition that they can be treated with antibiotics and other necessary care in Cavan General Hospital”.

He claimed that the new unit would lessen overcrowding problems, as there would be less pressure on the three CF paediatric centres in Dublin that are consistently over-stretched.

Patricia Duffy-Barber, Chairperson of CFI, described the unit as a tribute to the work of the Cavan Branch of CFI over many years, led by Raymond Dunne and Robert Dunne

The new in-patient unit consists of two main rooms which are equipped with en-suite bathrooms that are vital in reducing the risk of infection and cross-infection.

They have apparently been built to a higher standard than most in-patient rooms, and include hepa-filtration of air, as well as systems to allow for continuing education and entertainment for those who will be staying there for long periods of time.