The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, has turned the first sod on the site of a new day care and outpatient Cystic Fibrosis facility for adults and children at Mayo General Hospital.
The Taoiseach also officially opened a newly refurbished and extended Renal Dialysis Unit (RDU) at Mayo General Hospital as part of an official visit to the hospital today, Monday 16 December 2013.
The new day care and outpatient Cystic Fibrosis facility at Mayo General Hospital will cost €1.3m, including approximately €900,000 raised by fundraising contributions coordinated by Cystic Fibrosis West (€615,000) working with the Mayo branch of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (€285,000).
A further €200,000 was contributed from the National Lottery and €200,000 will be provided by West/North West Hospitals Group through Mayo General Hospital.
The hospital will equip the new building at an estimated cost of €40,000.
The new Cystic Fibrosis Unit provides state of the art facilities for this patient group, with dedicated patient treatment rooms providing ensuite facilities and environmental separation through sophisticated Air Management Infrastructure, thus ensuring the best possible care environment.
Charlie Meehan, General Manager of Mayo General Hospital cmmented: “The Cystic Fibrosis clinic here at Mayo General Hospital has an outstanding and devoted medical staff. The new day care and outpatient facility will enable them to deliver the quality of care that children and adults with CF require in state of art clinical conditions.”
Dr. Michael O’Neill, consultant paediatrician and lead of the CF team at Mayo General Hospital, said: “CF care delivery is an evolving process and as such proper facilities are at the core to allow for innovation. On completion, this unit will make a tremendous difference to people with CF attending Mayo General. Routine procedures needed for the care and maintenance of people living with CF will all be done in a safe environment in a specialised building.
“The project provides 3200 sq ft of a new two storey block for the care of Cystic Fibrosis outpatients linked to the hospital infrastructure through the existing outpatient department. The unit provides two specialist patient areas, treatment facilities, education laboratory, conference and support facilities all integrated into the hospital infrastructure.
“The new unit will increase the life expectancy and improve the quality of life of the many CF Patients in Co Mayo.”
The ceremony was attended by patients and staff and by representatives of Cystic Fibrosis West, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and the chairman and board and senior management of the West/North West Hospitals Group.
Martina Jennings of Cystic Fibrosis West said: “This has been a real partnership project between Mayo General Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland /CF West including the Mayo Branch of CFI and the HSE with invaluable support from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD. We look forward to the completion of this facility, which will greatly enhance and prolong the lives of people with Cystic Fibrosis.”
Renal Dialysis Unit opening
Earlier, Taoiseach Kenny officially opened a newly refurbished and extended Renal Dialysis Unit (RDU) at Mayo General Hospital.
The new unit has been entirely refurbished at a cost of €2m and now provides fifteen stations including two isolation rooms. It has increased the capacity of the RDU at Mayo General Hospital by four treatment stations and will provide extra capacity for up twenty additional patients per week.
The haemodialysis unit at Mayo General Hospital opened in July 1995 providing a service for 6 patients initially, increasing to 40 by 2006. The unit reached its capacity of 54 patients by 2008 and since 2011 there have been up to 10 additional patients from Co. Mayo travelling to Galway three times a week for dialysis.
The increased capacity – the unit can now treat up to 70 patients per week- will serve the population of the county now and in the longer term. It is anticipated that up to 60 patients in Mayo will require dialysis by 2014. The unit will also be able to better facilitate dialysis patients who are holidaying in the area.
The refurbished unit opened to patients on 09 December 2013.
Dr Donal Reddan, Consultant Nephrologist at Mayo General Hospital and Galway University Hospitals said: “This facility greatly enhances patient safety and comfort and ensures the highest standards of care can be delivered to our patients in a new, bright and airy environment. Some patients who have significant distances to travel to Galway spent in the region of 8-10hrs three times a week accessing treatment. This was unacceptable as it is best practice to provide haemodialysis as close to patients’ homes as possible.
“The isolation facilities are of the highest standards and will ensure that vulnerable patients are better protected. Disinfection and maintenance facilities are also enhanced with the necessary waiting, storage and office space improved. We are delighted that the high standard of care provided by our expert team can now be delivered in what is a world class environment here at Mayo General Hospital.”
Support in the purchase of equipment for the unit was provided by the Irish Nottingham Golf Society and the Friends of Dialysis Mayo General Hospital.
The groups were thanked for their valued support for the haemodialysis service at the hospital.
Pictured above: An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD meets with Charlie Meehan, General Manager, Mayo General Hospital and Hospital Volunteers Rosaline Halligan, Josephine Curtis, Nina Gibbons, Mildred Beirne, Norah Walshe and Carmel McTague before he opened the refurbished and expanded €2m Renal Dialysis Unit and turned the sod on a new Cystic Fibrosis building at Mayo General Hospital. Photo: Keith Heneghan / Phocus