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Refurbished ED opened at Temple Street

25 Aug 2016

Minister for Health Simon Harris speaks to Clara Murtagh, Clinical Nurse Manager of St Gabriel’s Ward in Temple Street Children’s Hospital

The newly refurbished and extended Emergency Department (ED) at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, officially opened last week (August 16) by the Minister for Health, will provide further isolation rooms for treatment and more emergency beds.

The works, which were Funding funded by the HSE and a generous donation from Danielle Ryan and the Cathal Ryan Trust, have meant that a second two-bay Rapid Assessment and Treatment Unit, two extra single treatment rooms and a new reception and waiting area are available at Temple Street for sick children and families.

Temple Street saw almost 50,000 children in its ED last year and the new facilities have been designed to improve the patient experience by increasing the available space.

Speaking at the event, Minister Simon Harris said that the staff in Temple Street did the people of Ireland proud. “Their commitment to delivering the best care for children is well recognised and the level of engagement with other children’s services, in particular with the National Children’s Hospital in Tallaght and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, ensures that young people get the very best of our health service. I would like to commend the staff on their continuing professionalism and their uninterrupted service during the phased refurbishment of the Emergency Department.” He added that delivering world-class healthcare for the children of Ireland now and in the future was an “absolute priority” for himself and the Government.

“The delivery of the new children’s hospital is a landmark capital project of unprecedented scale and complexity, and I was delighted recently to mark the occasion of the commencement of the first phase of construction.”

Dara Gantly

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times