South Tipperary Paediatric Unit is honoured on 20th anniversary

Anne O'Grady

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Anne O'Grady

South Tipperary Paediatric Unit is honoured on 20th anniversary

The unit accommodates and provides treatment for children, new-born to 14 years age

The Paediatric Unit at South Tipperary General Hospital was honoured with a Civic Reception by Tipperary County Council to celebrate 20 years since it was first established.  The Paediatric Unit and Special Baby Care Unit were set up by Paediatric Consultants Dr Issam Shana’a and the late Dr Eddie McGrath in October 1998.

 

At the reception held at Clonmel Town Hall, the Mayor Mr Richie Molloy spoke of the enormous contribution that this Department has made to the community of Tipperary. Presentations were made to Dr I. Shana’a in recognition of the paediatric services. Current and former staff members of the Unit attended the event.

 

Since its establishment, Dr Shana’a and Dr McGrath developed the service from a very small unit to a 15 bedded ward with day beds, procedure room, Paediatric emergency room and five cot Special Care Baby Unit. The unit accommodates and provides treatment for children, new-born to 14 years age, with a wide variety of medical and surgical conditions.  The unit has Shared Care with Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Cork University Hospital for children who have oncology, renal, cardiac, metabolic and neurological conditions.

 

The unit is supported by five Consultant Paediatricians, Medical Team, Nursing Team, Health Care Assistants, and other services.  Children and their families also receive support and care from health and social care professionals such as Medical Social Worker, Pharmacists, Cardiac Physiologists, Medical Scientists and Dieticians.

  

A new Paediatric Unit with 20 beds, 5 day beds and emergency treatment area is part of the hospital’s capital development plan.  The new unit is required to meet all the HSE, HIQA standards along with providing the optimum care environment for children and their families.