Press Release

Minister announces contract for the construction of a new 150 Bedded Maternity Unit at Cork University Hospital

Mr Micheál Martin T.D, Minister for Health and Children, today (23 July 2002) announced his approval to the Southern Health Board to contract for the construction of an Amalgamated Maternity Unit at Cork University Hospital. The new Maternity Unit will have 150 beds for obstetrics and pregnancy related gynaecology and 50 cots for neonatal services. The Unit will replace the services currently being provided at St Finbarr’s Hospital and at the Ernville Hospital. The Unit has been designed to facilitate approximately, 7,000 births annually which will meet the anticipated birth rate locally.

The total costs of this flagship project, including construction costs, fees and equipping and related costs will be approximately€75m. Messrs P.J. Walls Ltd, successfully tendered for the construction of the Unit and construction work will commence around September of this year.

The Minister said “This is the most significant development in maternity services in the city for many years. I am particularly pleased that the Southern Health Board is now in a position to commence construction of a modern, state of the art facility for maternity and related services in the city. This new amalgamated Unit will ensure a single centre of excellence with access to modern facilities and quality support for mothers and children. This development is a key element in the on – going modernisation of health infrastructure in the Southern Health Board area. The return on this substantial investment will contribute significantly to improved patient care.”