Press Release

Minister Martin announces £65 million Cardiac development for Cork University Hospital

Mr. Micheál Martin T.D., Minister for Health and Children, today (Monday 15th October, 2001) announced that he has given approval to the Southern Health Board to proceed with the planning and construction of a new £65 million Cardiac and Renal Dialysis building at Cork University Hospital.

Cork University Hospital already provides cardiac surgery and other cardiology services to the wider Munster region. The new 120 bed Cardiac and Renal Dialysis building will provide the people of the Region with a modern cardiac diagnostic and treatment centre. The cardiac development will include a Coronary Care Unit and a Cardiology Department with an expanded role in the provision of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Treatment and diagnostic services will include 4 Catherisation Laboratories, a Rehabilitation Suite and an Ambulatory/Non Invasive Cardiac Care Suite.

The new building will also include a new Renal Dialysis unit with 23 treatment bays and isolation rooms. This new Renal Dialysis Unit was designed in a partnership arrangement with the Irish Kidney Association which is significant in that it shows the benefits of co-operation between voluntary organisations and statutory bodies.

The Cork University Hospital has already embarked on a major capital programme with several important developments in train including a new Radiotherapy Unit, a new Accident and Emergency Department and a new Maternity Unit. This latest £65 million development will also provide for substantial improvements in the infrastructure at the hospital in the area of Catering, Central Sterile Supplies Department and ancillary services and enable it to properly fulfil its role in co-operation with the other hospitals in the region. With an ageing population and more patients presenting for treatment, it is likely that demand for services will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. This Government is also committed to increasing bed capacity and the Cardiac development will make a very positive contribution in this regard.

“The Southern region has the highest incidence of premature mortality from cardiovascular disease in Ireland. I am confident that when this new development is in place that the CUH will be to the forefront in delivering quality health care to the people of Cork and the greater Munster area”. the Minister said.