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Minister opens new CRY Centre

Wednesday, 4th December, 2019 8:00am
Minister opens new CRY Centre

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, cuts the red tape on the new CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) Screening Centre with Junior Minister Patrick O’Donovan, Lucy Nugent, CEO, Tallaght University Hospital, CRY Chairman Tommy Fegan and CEO Lucia Ebbs. Photography: Conor Healy

Minister opens new CRY Centre

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, cuts the red tape on the new CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) Screening Centre with Junior Minister Patrick O’Donovan, Lucy Nugent, CEO, Tallaght University Hospital, CRY Chairman Tommy Fegan and CEO Lucia Ebbs. Photography: Conor Healy

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THE Minister for Health, Simon Harris, celebrated the opening of CRY Ireland’s brand-new cardiac screening and testing centre in Tallaght University Hospital last week.

A significant investment development project was announced by Tallaght University Hospital in October 2018 which facilitated the relocation of the Centre for Cardiac Risk in the Young to the new facility at Tallaght Cross West.

This investment project represents a unique funding collaboration between CRY Ireland, Tallaght University Hospital Board and the Department of Health.

CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) is an Irish charity that facilitates free cardiac screening, testing and support to individuals and families who have lost loved ones to Sudden Cardiac Death or who are affected by inherited cardiac conditions.

Speaking at the opening of CRY Ireland’s new cardiac screening centre, Minister Harris said: “I am delighted to be here today at the official opening of this new state-of-the-art facility that will help to save young lives.

“It is fantastic to see a unique public and private partnership with the Department of Health, CRY Ireland and Tallaght University Hospital for such an important and worthy cause.

“The opening of this new cardiac screening centre will deliver a much needed, modern facility to support families who have been affected by Sudden Cardiac Death.”

Approximately two people under the age of 35 die every week in Ireland from Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD).

Conditions that cause SCD cannot be cured, but if diagnosed, the risk of death can be significantly reduced. The new CRY centre will provide expert cardiac assessment which includes screening and testing.

Tommy Fegan, Chairman of CRY Ireland, who lost his 24-year-old son Kevin from Sudden Cardiac Death in 2010, welcomed Minister Harris to the opening of the new state-of-the-art CRY Screening Centre.

"I would like to thank Minister Harris and Minister O’Donovan for being with us today,” he said.

“Minister O’Donovan has been an active supporter, having witnessed the devastation caused by the sudden cardiac death of two young people in his home village.

“CRY is delighted that the partnership with Government and Tallaght University Hospital will enable to provide an even more efficient, free screening and assessment programme to families affected.”

Minister for Health, Simon Harris and CRY Chairman Tommy Fegan.

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