Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, celebrated the opening of CRY Ireland’s brand new cardiac screening and testing centre in Tallaght University Hospital. A significant investment development project was announced by Tallaght University Hospital in October 2018 which facilitated the re-location of the Centre for Cardiac Risk in the Young to the new facility at Tallaght Cross West. This investment project represents a unique funding collaboration between CRY Ireland, Tallaght University Hospital Board and the Department of Health. CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) is an Irish charity that facilitates free cardiac screening, testing and support to individuals and families who have lost loved ones to Sudden Cardiac Death or are affected by inherited cardiac conditions.
Tommy Fegan, Chairman of CRY Ireland, who lost his 24-year-old son Kevin from Sudden Cardiac Death in 2010, welcomed Minister Harris to the opening of the new state-of-the-art CRY Screening Centre, “I would like to thank Minister Harris and Minister O’Donovan for being with us to celebrate the opening of the CRY Centre. Minister O’Donovan has been an active supporter of CRY (Ireland), having witnessed the devastation caused by the sudden cardiac death of two young people in his home village of Monagae, Co Limerick. We are delighted with the Government’s support which has enabled us to expand our services. CRY (Ireland) is delighted that the partnership with Government and Tallaght University Hospital will enable to provide an even more efficient, free screening and assessment programme to families affected. We also plan to extend our Family Support Programme to offer emotional support to families suddenly bereaved by the loss of a young member of the family”.
Lucy Nugent, CEO of Tallaght University Hospital said, ““The CRY Centre was developed in agreement with the Hospital Board and CRY Ireland Charity over ten years ago, whereby the Hospital provided a dedicated space for the service with dedicated staff. It was clear that CRY had outgrown the space we had to offer and we are delighted to have supported them in this move. The new centre has shown how with some innovative thinking and combining of ambitions (of the HSE, Hospital Board and philanthropy) we can enhance our services for our patients who have been affected by Sudden Cardiac Death. With the opening of the new centre we will be able to significantly improve access to this vital service