Mercy University Hospital (MUH) was established by the Mercy Order in 1857 as a 40-bed hospital staffed by four Sisters. Today, the hospital has 314 beds, employs approximately 1,000 staff and has an annual budget of approximately €90m. MUH offers a wide range of specialities which provide inpatient, day patient and outpatient services along with a 24/7 emergency department and an urgent care centre which is located on St. Mary's Health Campus. The hospital is a Catholic voluntary acute general hospital which is still owned by the Sisters of Mercy and which became a limited company in 2003. The hospital is a registered charity and operates as a not-for-profit entity. MUH is part of the South / South West Hospital Group which serves a current population of approximately 870,000 people.
The hospital has expanded rapidly both in terms of facilities and accommodation, since 1857. Over the last 20 years in particular, MUH has undergone very significant capital development allowing it to relocate its public wards into a new building and allowing further development of various specialities within the hospital, including a 50-bed acute psychiatric unit, pathology and clinical pharmacology units, endoscopy suites, medical oncology unit, coronary care unit, acute geriatric assessment unit, men's health unit, new emergency department, an acute medical admissions unit, a pre-assessment clinic, POLAR unit (with National Rehabilitation Hospital), an acute stroke unit and two new state of the art CT scanners.
Mercy University Hospital also provides a number of outreach services to the community in areas such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy.
MUH is a teaching hospital affiliated with the South / South West Hospital Group's academic partner - University College Cork (UCC) and participates in the medical undergraduate training programme. The hospital also supports students completing the four-year BSc nursing programme with the provision of clinical placement coordinators, preceptors and facilitates a positive clinical learning environment. The hospital's Centre of Nurse Education facilitates post graduate education for hospital staff and also supports the wider region.
Mercy University Hospital has an active research agenda and the Health Research Board (HRB) adult clinical research facility is located on the hospital campus. The facility supports advances in treatment for a widespread variety of diseases and world-class experimental medicine.
A clinical ethics committee (CEC) is in place at MUH and its purpose is to provide a referral facility and an information resource on ethical principles for the staff of the hospital.
The CEC provides assistance and guidance to all staff involved in patient care in the development of guidelines and procedures (for example, in areas such as consent and end-of-life care).
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