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Rugby legend Brian opens unit at Temple Street Hospital

Saturday, 3rd February, 2018 5:00pm
Rugby legend Brian opens unit at Temple Street Hospital

Michaela Morley (13) pictured with Brian O’Driscoll at the official opening of the new €5.5m unit in Temple Street. PHOTO: ANDRES POVEDA

Rugby legend Brian opens unit at Temple Street Hospital

Michaela Morley (13) pictured with Brian O’Driscoll at the official opening of the new €5.5m unit in Temple Street. PHOTO: ANDRES POVEDA

IRELAND rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll paid a visit to Temple Street Hospital last week to officially open its new Neurology and Renal Outpatient Unit.

The unit, funded entirely through donations, is the Temple Street Foundation’s most ambitious fundraising project in its history.

It cost €5.5million to build, fit-out and equip the unit, which is spread over two floors and it’s now open to patients.

It will cater to over 6,500 renal and neurology patients who attend Temple Street for treatment each year and features additional clinical facilities with spacious waiting rooms and patient play areas.

Each floor is 400 square metres in size and will accommodate multi-disciplinary teams for both specialities. The new unit replaces existing, out-dated departments, which have limited space and are no longer fit for purpose.

Denise Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, Temple Street Foundation described raising funds for the new facility as its “most ambitious challenge” it had ever set itself.

“We were overwhelmed with the kindness and support we received from people all over Ireland,” she said.

“These supporters, along with Temple Street’s medical teams and staff, make up an extraordinary circle of care that surrounds each patient who comes here and ensures that they and their families receive world-class care and access to the best possible facilities.

“Thanks to their commitment to Temple Street, our neurology and renal patients will have access to these wonderful facilities, which will simply transform their hospital experience.”

Fitzgerald said it was difficult for those who haven’t experienced it to understand the challenges faced by the children and families who attend units at the hospital.

“It is our belief that every sick child and their family deserves our complete emotional, physical and psychological support,” she added.

“And this new unit will deliver that much-needed holistic and family-focused care.”

Brian O’Driscoll, who has been a Temple Street Ambassador for more than a decade, said he had witnessed “tremendous change across the hospital thanks to people’s generosity” over that time.

“Temple Street isn’t just a building,” he added. “It is a community that is like no other – made up of a close team of caring medical staff and loving families who all work with one goal in mind – to make sick children better.

“I’m honoured to be a part of that community and am thrilled to have been invited today to celebrate this latest development for Temple Street – the opening of this beautiful unit.

“It was really rewarding to take a tour of the new unit – it’s a breath of fresh air for families and I’d like to thank each and everyone who helped to make it a reality.”

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