The unit was funded entirely through donations.

Former professional rugby star and Temple Street ambassador Brian O’Driscoll officially opened the brand new Neurology and Renal Outpatients’ Unit in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital today.

The unit was funded entirely through donations, marking Temple Street’s largest fundraising project to date. It will begin receiving patients later in the week.

Chief Executive of Temple Street, Denise Fitzgerald said of the project: “We were overwhelmed with the kindness and support we received from people all over Ireland who care deeply about the welfare of our children and who wanted to help bring positive change to our hospital.2

She added: “For those of us who haven’t experienced it first hand, it’s hard to comprehend the challenges faced by the children and families who attend these units.

“It is our belief that every sick child and their family deserves our complete emotional, physical and psychological support. And this new unit will deliver that much-needed holistic and family-focused care.”

The unit is two floors, each 400 square metres, and was built in order to accommodate over 6,500 neurology and renal patients who attend Temple Street for treatment every year. It will replace existing, smaller and outdated neurology and renal departments.

The neurology unit will feature a larger waiting room with a play area, dedicated treatment rooms, a parents’ room, two wheelchair accessible toilets, four consultants’ rooms, a nurses’ room, a technician’s office, and EEG rooms.

It will also include three new Neurophysiological Sleep Testing Rooms with adjoining monitoring.

These are located away from the main patient waiting and treatment areas and have better acoustics in order to enable more efficient tests to be conducted.

The renal unit will feature a new larger waiting room with play area, a state of the art treatment room for transplant patients, five Hemodialysis stations, a specialised Urodynamics facility, and provision for psychologists and dieticians to be housed.

Speaking at the official opening, Brian O’Driscoll said: “Temple Street isn’t just a building. It is a community that is like no other – made up of a close team of caring medical staff and loving families who all work with one goal in mind – to make sick children better.”

He added: “I’m honoured to be a part of that community and am thrilled to have been invited today to celebrate this latest development for Temple Street – the opening of this beautiful unit.

“It was really rewarding to take a tour of the new unit this morning – it’s a breath of fresh air for families and I’d like to thank each and everyone who helped to make it a reality.”