The HSE has told the Kerry chairman of a charity that’s raised millions for a cystic fibrosis unit that it should be open by October. A ward for CF patients at Cork University Hospital remains closed despite expectations that it would open six months ago. The Kerry and Cork charity Build4Life has raised €2.3 million to construct and fit out the facility. However it remains closed because of a difficulty with recruiting staff. The chairman of Build4Life, Joe Browne from Castleisland says he’s been told by the Health Service Executive that Cork University Hospital has given it a provisional opening date of October if not sooner, depending on recruitment of staff and this will be a reviewed again in the first week of September by the hospital management team. Mr Browne says he’s adopting a wait-and-see approach as he was given past promises that the unit would definitely have opened by now. Build4Life says it’s vital that the 20-bed respiratory unit is opened as soon as possible so that cystic fibrosis patients can be treated in isolation; as they are extremely susceptible to infections. The HSE has blamed the reorganisation of services in CUH for the delay in opening the ward.