Press Release

Minister Harney announces a €17m investment programme to provide a new purpose-built Munster Regional Blood Transfusion Centre at Cork University Hospital

The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD announced today (Tuesday, 16th December,2008) a €17m investment programme to provide a new purpose-built Munster Regional Blood Transfusion Centre at Cork University Hospital.

The Minister said ‘I am very pleased that this important development can proceed. The existing Cork Centre has made an enormous contribution to blood transfusion services over many years. This investment will secure its future as a key part of a safe, high quality blood transfusion service’.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has two major centres – the National Blood Centre built in 1999 adjacent to St. James’s Hospital and Cork Centre situated on the grounds of St. Finbarr’s Hospital. Because of its age and state of repair, the Cork Centre is now in need of replacement.

The new centre in CUH will provide all of the services currently available in Cork, other than laboratory testing which can now be provided safely and cost effectively for the whole country at the National Blood Centre, Dublin. The IBTS has concluded that this will not compromise the blood supply.

The estimated total capital cost of the project is €17m, of which €5m will be provided by the IBTS from its own resources. The Minister will meet up to €12m within the existing capital funding available to her Department. There will be no additional running costs for the Exchequer.

Welcoming the development, the Minister said ‘the delivery of a safe, efficient and cost effective blood transfusion service for patients is paramount. Donors and the recipients of blood and blood products must be confident that the service operates to the highest international standards. Today’s investment ensures that the Cork Centre will meet these standards’.