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LIT and Barringtons Hospital launch new Medical Technology Joint Initiative



Pictured above are Paul O’Byrne, Consultant Surgeon and founder of Barringtons Private Hospital, Dr. Maria Hinfelaar, President of LIT, Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan, and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, along with some of the first group of students to study the BSc in Medical Technology course.Photo: Diarmuid Greene

A new joint initiative by LIT and Barringtons Hospital launched at Barringtons on November 30 by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan. The initiative will see students being educated in specialised medical technology in Limerick for the first time.  The partnership between the two Limerick institutions sees a new cutting edge BSc programme being delivered which will address an emerging skills gap in medical technology.

Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between the institute and the hospital, core elements of education will be delivered by LIT in Barringtons, using of state-of-the-art medical technology.

Dr. Maria Hinfelaar, President of LIT said, “This partnership with Barringtons Hospital is very exciting for LIT.  Students on the new BSc in Medical Technology programme are not only being equipped for careers in an emerging sector that is critical to the delivery of medicine in the future, but their education will include practice in a healthcare setting throughout their studies”.




LIT and Barringtons are joining the leading edge of Medical Technology education with this initiative, which will see a new form of medical technical education delivered in Limerick.

Paul O’Byrne, Consultant Surgeon and founder of Barringtons Private Hospital said, “This launch is the culmination of a process that started a number of years ago.  This new model of education is something that is very important to us here in Barringtons.

“The reality is that medical technology has become so central in modern medicine in recent years that a new kind of technical expertise is now required in the operating theatre.

“This new BSc means that we can now address this need, and have people educated to the highest standards so that surgical and other procedures can be delivered in a new way that provides the best possible care to more people”.

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