Clongowes Duck Push
We'd like to give a big SHOUT OUT to the Transition Year students at Clongowes who are currently fundraising for Children's Health Foundation Crumlin, in the spirit of 'Kids helping Kids'.
The Duck Push is a continuation of a 27 year long tradition of fundraising for CHI at Crumlin, during this time they have raised over €2.2 million, enabling the purchase of vital medical equipment to help treat Ireland's sick children.
“The consistent fundraising contribution by Clongowes means that they have an enormous impact right across the hospital, the cumulative effect of this is huge,” says Dr. Michael McDermott, Consultant Paediatric Pathologist.
In 2020 the Transition Year students at Clongowes achieved their goal to raise €50,000 to purchase a PCR machine for the hospital. Adele Habington, Chief Medical Scientist in CHI at Crumlin tells us a little more about this machine and what this means for the patients.
“The AB7500 Fast real-time PCR machine has been used for testing of COVID samples from patients and staff of CHI at Crumlin. Using this instrument, the laboratory has been able to provide a 24 hour turnaround time for COVID testing. This has been of great benefit to patients by providing results in those with symptoms of COVID, and provided essential COVID screens for patients requiring procedures such as cardiac surgeries,” says Adele Habington
In 2021, the Clongowes Duck Push aims to fund the purchase of a PCR-based testing system for Respiratory pathogens.
“This PCR-based testing system will be used to detect multiple respiratory pathogens, including Influenza (Flu).The new equipment will be used to provide an on-site service for patients at CHI at Crumlin. It will allow the provision of a fast turnaround time for patient results, allowing the timely separation of patients, and thus helping to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses from infected to uninfected patients,“ says Adele Habington.
Both of these instruments will be used in the Molecular Microbiology Laboratory in CHI at Crumlin. This is a purpose-built laboratory, opened in 2011 and provides a PCR testing service to CHI at Crumlin. It is run by Adele Habington, the Chief Medical Scientist, who recently received the honour of being the first recipient of the Children’s Health Ireland CEO Recognition Award, with special mention of the COVID testing initiative, facilitated by the Clongowes charity initiative.