Children at Limerick hospital get unique gift from Shannon workers

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Clinical Nurse Manager Deirdre Twohig and Play Specialist Orlaith McMahon with the mobile PlayStation units.

WORKERS at a Shannon technology company have manufactured and donated a very special gift to young patients at University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

Aware that many of the children are confined to their beds, a group of employees at Panametrics, who specialise in the production of precision measurement equipment, designed three mobile video game station stands that will allow the children to join in the digital games.

The specially constructed stands along with PlayStation video game consoles and accompanying monitors have been donated to the Children’s Ark ward at UHL.

“Thinking about how we could make life better for children getting medical treatment in the Ark Ward, we came up with something we knew would brighten their day – PlayStation consoles,” said Dave King, manufacturing systems specialist at Panametrics.

“However, we also knew that many of the children are limited to their hospital beds, so we needed to bring the PlayStation consoles to them. Panametrics donated the aluminum, wheels and brackets we used to manufacture the mobile stands, plus the monitors.

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“Meanwhile, our colleagues in Shannon donated three PlayStation consoles and a countless number of games. We’re glad we are able to help keep patients entertained in difficult circumstances.”

Thanking Panametrics for their generosity and innovative approach, Clinical Nurse Manager Deirdre Twohig said that the mobile video game stations are makeing a big difference to the quality of life for many of the children on the Ark Ward.

With a major manufacturing facility in Shannon, Panametrics is a global energy company that specializes in developing measurement technology used in gas, moisture and flow applications.