Enhanced isolation facilities at refurbished children’s unit
By Mary O’connor
The newly refurbished paediatric unit at Portiuncula Hospital, which opened earlier this week, includes enhanced isolation facilities as well as two additional two-bedded adolescent wards.
The official opening of St Therese’s ward was performed by the Friends of the Special Care Baby Unit and Children’s Ward fundraising committee.
It comprises Declan Moran, Minerva Ward, Betty Kelly, Katie Gill, Damien Dooley and Ashling Kelly who in conjunction with the local communities, local schools and families were responsible for raising funds for the renovations.
Chris Kane, acting general manager at the Ballinasloe hospital, praised the commitment and generosity of the people who raised funds over a number of years to facilitate the renovations of the facility.
“The newly renovated paediatric unit provides optimal facilities from the initial reception, assessment and treatment of children attending the unit. The renovations included the development of two additional two-bedded adolescent wards with en-suite facilities. The refurbishment also included the dedicated day care area, enhanced isolation facilities, improved ward areas and the bathroom facilities throughout.”
She said the unit has 23 beds which are used for inpatient, day treatments and day cases. “The unit provides care and treatment for ill infants and children, including high-dependency and end of life care.
“In addition, children with long term medical care needs and complex conditions can be cared for in comfort, with their parents and family in their local community. Overall the newly renovated unit is providing an improved environment and experience for children and families during their hospital stay.”