University Hospital Limerick

University Hospital Limerick



    The Cystic Fibrosis Team at University Hospital Limerick are holding a CF Information Night on Thursday November 15th 2018 at 7pm in the Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry’s Mall, Limerick.

    This is an opportunity for parents, partners, family members and friends to come and meet with members of the CF team and hear about some of the current information and recent advances in CF.


    Time                           Title                                                    Speaker    

    7.00pm                        Registration

    7.05pm - 7.10pm         Introduction                                            Dr Barry Linnane (Paediatrician, UHL)

    7.10pm-7.15pm           Welcome Address & CF update            Philip Watt (CEO, CF Ireland)                                           

    7.15pm – 7.30pm        Update on Research in UHL                   Dr Barry Linnane (Paediatrician, UHL)

    7.30pm –7.50 pm        Dental Service- New to CF Paeds.         Siobhan Stapleton (Dentist, Nenagh)

    7.50pm – 8.10 pm       Probiotics for the Gut                              Donna Daly (Dietician, UHL)

    8.10pm – 8.25pm        Virtual Peer Support System                  Nessa Burke  (Psychologist, UHL)

    8.25pm - 8.40pm         Adult Physio –Fit bit study                      Maire Curran. (Physiotherapist, UHL)

    8.40pm – 9.10pm        Update on CF New Drugs                      Brian Casserly (Respiratory Consultant, UHL)

    9.10pm - 9.25pm         Independent Living                                 Aoife Waters (Social Worker, UHL)

    9.30 pm                       Discussion & Close                                Dr Barry Linnane (Paediatrician, UHL)


    Unfortunately due to strict infection control policies it is not possible for patients with CF to attend this information night. However, the meeting will be streamed live below. 

    The Live Stream will begin at 7.00pm.

    Get Involved: Questions and comments welcome - Tweet: #CFLK18, Text: 087 1954213, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • New CF unit formally opened by Minister Harris

    The new 2 floor CF unit in University Hospital Limerick was formally opened as part of the 6 storey Leben building on Friday 7th October.

    TLC4CF CFI unit launch opt

    Pictured at the launch representing CFI and TLC4CF were: 
    Patricia Duffy Barber; Owen Kirby; Marcella Clancy; Caitriona Hayes; Minister Simon Harris T.D; Linda Drennan; Liam O'Kelly and Philip Watt

    The new 2 floor CF unit will provide an ambulatory day care floor and 9 ensuite CF inpatient rooms for the 120 adult CF patients attending University Hospital Limerick.

    Huge thanks to the Tipperary, Limerick and Clare branches of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (TLC4CF) chaired by Owen Kirby; the Board of CFI chaired by Patricia Duffy-Barber; the wonderful contribution of the JP McManus Pro Am Foundation; the national lottery and of course the general public who funded this crucial project.

    Many thanks to the Hospital management led by Colette Cowan and the HSE who supported this project including through the funding of additional staff. Many thanks to our two regional officers who so ably supported this project: Erin Sugrue and previously Katie Murphy.

    The whole 6 storey Leben building will provide services for patients with CF; breast cancer; stroke; Parkinson's disease; dermatology at a total estimated cost of around €16 million. All the capital cost of this project came from charitable fundraising and is one of the most important examples of a partnership healthcare project in Ireland. The CF unit is the largest single part of this whole project.

  • Press Release from Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and TLC4CF

    New state-of-the-art two-floor in-patient and out-patient unit for adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) to be formally opened by Minister Harris on Friday 7th October at 2.15pm as part of ground-breaking Leben building.

    TLC4CF.on white.official.Logo

    A new adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit developed by the Tipperary, Limerick and Clare branches of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (TLC4CF) is to be formally opened by Minister Simon Harris at 2.15pm Friday 7th October in University Hospital Limerick as part of the formal opening of the new six-storey Leben building.

    ‘Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and our three branches TLC4CF (Tipperary Limerick and Clare) warmly welcomes the formal opening of a completely new state-of-the-art, two-floor Cystic Fibrosis Unit for adults in University Hospital Limerick,’ stated Chairperson of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (CFI), Patricia Duffy-Barber.

    ‘The new unit will transform cystic fibrosis services to adults with CF in the greater Limerick, Tipperary and Clare areas,’ stated Chairperson of TLC4CF Owen Kirby. ‘The unit comprises two floors of the new Leben building and is part of one of the largest partnership projects in the history of the health service in Ireland.’

    In 2010 CFI/TLC4CF came together with the Parkinsons Association and the UHL Hospital Trust in Limerick to form a new company called ‘Leben’. The object was to improve services for patients with cystic fibrosis, Parkinson's disease, stroke, serious skin conditions and cancer.

    ‘The new CF unit comprises two floors of the new Leben building and will cater for 120 adult cystic fibrosis patients. One floor is an ambulatory care day centre and the other floor is a nine-bed inpatient ward with ensuite facilities and hepa-filtration to help prevent cross-infection,’ stated Philip Watt, CEO of CFI.

    The entire building has been funded from charitable fundraising from the three charities, with fantastic support from the JP McManus Pro Am Foundation.

    The additional staff costs and part of the equipment costs and the site for the building have been met by the HSE/UHL.

    The Leben building in University Hospital Limerick represents one of the most remarkable developments in the history of Irish health care. There are several unique features to this project including:

    It is a partnership project: On 30th August 2010 the three charities concerned set up a development company called ‘Leben’ in which all decision-making for the build project was made and all funding for the project going forward was kept in escrow (joint account).

    The charities contracted with the builder: In 2012 the three charities through Leben contracted with an Irish building company to build the six-storey building.

    Patients' conditions have been dramatically improved: The CF unit will benefit the 120 adult CF patients attending UHL as well as those with Parkinson's, stroke, cancer and serious skin conditions.

    The project was funded and built during a period of economic crisis: This unit would not have been built other than for the efforts of the three charities involved in partnership with UHL and JP McManus. There was no capital funding available from government over the last few years for such major capital projects.

    The largest single project within the Leben development was the Cystic Fibrosis Unit (two floors). While the two CF designated floors will primarily benefit CF adult patients, when the nine CF in-patient rooms are not needed for CF patients, they will be made available to other very ill patients who need them.

    Members of the TLC4CF committee who oversaw this project are:
    Owen Kirby (Chair of TLC4CF); Liam O Kelly; Caitriona Hayes; Linda Drennan; and Marcella Clancy.

    For further information, contact Philip Watt, CEO CFI, 087 637 0557