A new cystic fibrosis paediatric in-patient facility will officially open at Cavan General Hospital today.
Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI) welcomed the new facility which its branch members in Cavan contributed €350,000 to, thanks to funds generously donated by the people of Cavan.
The partnership initiative between CFI, Cavan General Hospital and the HSE also secured €100,000 for the project from National Lottery funding.
The new in-patient unit, which will be opened by Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, includes two main rooms alongside en-suite bathrooms that are crucial to reduce the risk of infection and cross-infection among patients.
The state-of-the-art rooms include hepa-filtration of air, and systems to allow for children to continue their education and enjoy some entertainment during long stays.
"The unit is a tribute to the work of the Cavan Branch of CFI over many years, led by Raymond Dunne and Robert Dunne," said Patricia Duffy-Barber, Chairperson of CFI.
"The new CF unit facilitated a re-configuration of the entire paediatric unit in the hospital and is thus a win-win for all sick children and young people attending Cavan General Hospital."