Press Release

Minister Martin gives approval to the Southern Health Board to invite tenders for two major projects at Cork University Hospital

Mr. Micheál Martin T.D., Minister for Health and Children, today (Saturday 6 April 2002), announced that he has given approval to the Southern Health Board to advertise for tenders for the construction of the new Amalgamated Maternity Unit and the new combined Accident and Emergency and Day Procedures Unit for Cork University Hospital. The total cost of the projects is in the region of €100 million and represents a major capital injection for the hospital.

Amalgamated Maternity Unit

The amalgamated maternity unit at Cork University Hospital is intended to replace the existing facilities for maternity and neonatal care in Cork city which is currently provided on two sites at St Finbarr´s Hospital and Erinville Hospital. The amalgamated unit will provide maternity and neo-natal services at a single centre of excellence with access to all the appropriate facilities for mothers and children. The new unit will have 150 beds for obstetrics and pregnancy related gynaecology and 50 cots for the neo-natal service.

Accident and Emergency Department and Day Procedures Unit

Cork University Hospital has one of the highest levels of casualty attendances in the country, with nearly 60,000 attendances in 2001. The development of the Accident and Emergency Department at ground floor level includes Treatment cubicles, Resuscitation Room, Emergency X-ray facilities, in-patient accommodation and Reception, and adult and children´s waiting area. Phase 1 of the Day Procedures Unit on Floor 1 above the Accident and Emergency Department will include four theatres and patient accommodation and staged recovery areas.

“I am very pleased that these major projects are now moving towards the construction phase with building work due to commence by the end of the summer. I am confident that these new developments will ensure that Cork University Hospital will continue to provide the highest standards of care for people in the Cork region and the greater Munster area.” the Minister concluded.