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A 20 bed inpatient Cystic Fibrosis ward and 10 bed Cystic Fibrosis day-ward, provided within the new 100 bed Nutley Wing at St. Vincent's University Hospital, has just been completed.

The lessons we learned from designing the temporary inpatient accommodation for Cystic Fibrosis patients at St. Vincent's University Hospital, and observing it in use, have informed the design of the new permanent Nutley Wing. A very simple example includes the provision of additional storage space for personal effects – within the parameters of infection control - as teenage patients in the existing ward have been observed to bring a greater plethora of beauty products, games consoles, laptops, dvds, etc, than is typically anticipated in designing facilities for adult patients!
The provision of 100% en-suite single rooms in this new facility will yield tremendous clinical benefits to immuno-compromised patients, and provide greater dignity and privacy for patients and visiting family and friends. The rooms are also sufficiently large to accommodate relatives who may wish to stay with the young patient overnight.
The design of new facilities acknowledges the increasing role of information technology in all aspects of hospital care. For most adolescents and young adults, smart-phones and social networking are a key element of their daily lives. Wherever feasible, Wi-Fi access in bedrooms and common areas will allow patients to remain in touch with the world outside the hospital via their own smartphones.
In the new Cystic Fibrosis unit at St. Vincent's University Hospital, we have specified an advanced patient entertainment system including X-box games and internet access, all integrated into the medical pendant, to improve the quality of life for young patients.
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St. Vincent’s University Hospital is the major acute teaching hospital serving the south-east of Dublin city. The 470 bed hospital provides over 40 medical specialities including the National Centre for Adult Cystic Fibrosis, the National Liver Transplant Unit, and is one of 8 specialist national cancer care centres in Ireland.

Since 1997, STW has maintained and updated the Development Control Plan for the hospital, and has been privileged to oversee the delivery of over £300 million of capital projects on the campus in that time.


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