We developed a successful partnership with the HSE to provide locally-based services for children in the south east of Ireland.
In 2000, a group of local parents wanted specialist and dedicated services for their children closer to their homes. They did not want to travel to Dublin for their children to receive treatment.
We listened to these parents and we opened discussions with the (then) South Eastern Health Board to try and develop services locally for these and other families around the country.
The South Eastern Health Board included the need to develop local disability services as part of their overall plan to develop and co-ordinate services to people with disabilities in the region.
We opened our services in temporary accommodation and then moved to a vacant hospital building on the grounds of University Hospital Waterford. As the service grew, we needed bigger premises.
In 2009, we built a new purpose-built facility in the grounds of University Hospital Waterford. This was jointly funded by the CRC and the HSE.
The centre is 1,300 square metres. It includes rooms for consultation, treatment and assessment. A large treatment gym can accommodate the CRC’s mobile Gait Laboratory.