A New Children's Heart Centre
All of Ireland’s young cardiac patients – our littlest hearts – come to Crumlin Hospital for treatment and surgery.
Some 550 heart operations are performed in Our Lady’s every year.
1 in 100 children are born with a stuctural heart defect. These severe and complex problems are one of the leading causes of infant death. Half of all babies born with a heart defect will need very serious surgery and Crumlin is where they get it.
Thanks to the support of our donors, the 550 children who undergo cardiac surgeries in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin are no longer recovering and being treated in cramped and out-of-date facilities. The new €4.5m 25-bed Children’s Heart Centre means Ireland’s youngest cardiac patients have the facilities they deserve.
The construction of a new 25 bed dedicated cardiac unit commenced in May 2012. The new building was built on the roof of the new Intensive Care Unit and work was completed by the end of the summer 2013.
The first phase was the new build section, which provided 25 beds and support accommodation of linen room, utility room, kitchen, sluice room, duty base etc.
Anita Getty, Nurse Manager in the new cardiac unit said,‘‘The new cardiac unit is an absolute godsend for the staff and families in Crumlin. Children and their families from all over Ireland can spend weeks, months or even up to a year in the hospital depending on the severity of their condition. It is only right that the families enjoy the best facilities possible. The funds raised by CMRF Crumlin are vital to the future care of our patients.’’
Thanks to your inspirational help we have made the future brighter for Ireland’s tiniest and most fragile hearts.