South Tipperary General Hospital’s Paediatric Unit has acquired a new incubator thanks to the fundraising efforts of local people and businesses. A total of €15,000 was raised through donations and a series of fundraising events to purchase the incubator for babies requiring medical treatment.
It was presented to the Hospital’s 18 bed Paediatric Unit.
Olivia Butler, Clinical Nurse Manager at the Paediatric Unit, said they wished to thank the people of South Tipperary for their goodwill and generosity.
“We are delighted with the positive response to our fundraising initiative, and especially in these difficult times it was very much appreciated,” she told The Nationalist.
A wide range of fundraisers were organised over the past year to raise funds for the incubator.
Ms Butler said the campaign started in June when Ann-Marie Fitzgerald, Aine Hickey, Aislinn Barry, Noelle Ahearne and friends participated in the Women’s Mini-Marathon in Dublin to raise money for the cause.
During All-Ireland week, a jersey day was organised at South Tipperary General Hospital by Alice Ahearne from St Luke’s and Eileen Frewen from the Hospital’s Stores Department. Walter Kearny and TJ White ran a beard shaving event among hospital staff, which was very well supported.
The local business community also did their bit. LLoyds Express hairdressers hosted a wash and blowy dry day and Teresa and Tom Hennessy fundraised for the incubator in their Spar shop in Fethard.
And Sean O’Donovan of Cois Ceim Eile and the Torpeys from Carrick-on-Suir gave very kind donations.
Olivia said the Friends of South Tipperary General Hospital came up trumps once again and made up the rest of the finance required to purchase the incubator.
“We wish to thank John Savage, Fred Kavanagh, promotions manager and Anne Kavanagh from the Friends of South Tipperary General Hosptial for all their help and support.”
South Tipperary Gernal Hospital’s Paediatric Unit is an 18 bed unit that provides a 24 hours a day service, 365 days of the year. Children ranging from new borns to 16 years with a wide variety of medical problems and surgical conditions are cared for at the unit, which is open 11 years.
The unit has consultant paediatricians and includes a paediatric emergency room that looks after all paediatric referrals to the hospital from GPs and provides shared care for sick children in the South Tipperary are with Crumlin Children’s Hospital and Temple Street Children’s Hosptal.
“The staff nurses on the paediatric unit are very experienced, most have trained in either Crumlin or Temple Street Children’s Hospitals. The importance of having such a service at you door step when you have a sick child cannot be underestimated and we thank the public for their continued support,” said Ms Butler.