The Rheumatology Department in the Mater Hospital has unveiled four refurbished out-patient clinic rooms that will significantly improve patient comfort and access.
The team – which treats complex rheumatological disorders such as inflammatory arthritis and osteoporosis – can now provide a much more comfortable and efficient service. Previously the rooms were difficult to access, particularly for patients in wheelchairs and with impaired mobility.
The Mater Foundation granted funds raised by the Mater Hospital Charity Shop to facilitate the upgrade of the rooms. The shop, which is unique in Ireland as it is solely run by volunteers, is managed by Sister Gerard Egan.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Dr Conor McCarthy said, “This is the first major refurbishment that has taken place in the Rheumatology Department in 27 years, and thanks to the support of the Mater Hospital Charity Shop and the Mater Foundation, it will make a very big difference to the quality of the care delivered to patients.”
The department sees almost 5,000 patients each year, with many needing intensive monitoring and regular review.
The clinic rooms are the hub of the department and this refurbishment will enhance the patient experience throughout their time spent with the clinical staff.
Mary Moorhead, CEO of the Mater Foundation, said of the project, “The volunteers in the Mater Hospital Charity Shop have made a big impact by helping to refurbish rooms where specialists treat so many patients with serious rheumatological conditions. They will benefit immensely from the project and we’d like to thank them for everything they’ve done.”