Dr Issam Shana'a and Imelda McGrath with Mayor Richie Molloy at the civic reception
Twenty years service to the community by the paediatric unit at South Tipperary General Hospital was honoured with a civic reception by Clonmel Municipal Council.
Councillors paid glowing tribute the work of the unit and the huge service it had provided to the people of the county.
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.
Mayor 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.
Mayor Molloy paid a special tribute to the late Dr Eddie McGrath and Dr Issam Shana’a, who had the foresight to develop the unit 20 years ago and said the people of Clonmel and its environs really appreciated the wonderful work done by the staff in the unit .
The motion to accord a Civic reception was proposed by Cllr Martin Lonergan and seconded by Cllr Andy Moloney.
Also present were Cllr Michael Murphy, Cllr Marie Murphy and Cllr Siobhan Ambrose.
Deputies Mattie McGrath and Seamus Healy also attended .
Cllr Marie Murphy said the idea of a reception to honour the unit had come from her sister Noelle and she was thrilled to see it come to fruition. She said - “”After Dr McGrath’s untimely death, Dr Walsh, Dr Roche, Dr Macken, Dr Mihaela all joined the team at various points. Dr IIyas is an old stalwart of the ward who started out in the early days and has worked his way to the top.
“I believe that teamwork is what makes the Paediatric ward work so well.
“ I hear the girls tell me about the busy days and nights, the happy stories, the sad stories, but all the while the sense of teamwork shines through.
“Thousands of children and their families can now receive top class care locally each year, and where children require intensive therapies it is recognised early enough by the paediatric team to allow for safe transfer to intensive care settings.
“ I have heard countless testaments from parents and families about the great work being done in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) led by Brid O’ Mahony and the Children’s Ward steered by Olivia Butler”.
The Mayor also welcomed the Manager of South Tipperary General Hospital Maria Barry to the reception and thanked her for the tremendous work done by the staff at the hospital.
A large number of staff from the Paediatric Unit attended, including Dr Paud O'Regan who gave a very informative talk on the various battles done over the years to keep both the Paediatric Unit and the hospital open over many years .