Press Release

Minister Micheál Martin announces €250,000 funding for the purchase of telemedicine equipment for Our Lady´s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin

Minister Micheál Martin, T.D., Minister for Health and Children today announced the allocation of €250,000 capital funding in 2003 towards the purchase of equipment for a telemedicine link between Our Lady´s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin and St. Jude’s Children´s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee.

The inaugural Ireland Children for Children´s Day was today officially launched by Minister Brian Lenihan, Minister of State in the Department of Health and Children under the auspices of the Ireland Children for Children Foundation. This Foundation was established to forge a link between St. Jude´s Hospital and Our Lady´s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin.

Telemedicine will allow real time access between both hospitals. This will allow joint case conferences between clinicians in both hospitals to discuss diagnostic test results, diagnosis and treatment protocols.

The Minister said the “this initiative is particularly impressive in that it brings children together in a common goal. I am particularly delighted that Ireland is the first European country to collaborate with St. Jude´s. St. Jude´s Hospital is a world leader in the successful management of childhood cancers and provides access to cutting edge research, prestigious clinical expertise and innovative technologies. The health services on this island are the principal beneficiaries”.