Mercy University Hospital (MUH) Campus
‘A Plan for the Delivery of Expanded Clinical Services and Facilities at MUH (and Distillery Fields) Cork’
Mercy University Hospital, Cork has submitted to the Department of Health/HSE/South/South West Hospital Group, an ambitious infrastructural and clinical development plan that will meet the current and future health needs of the people of Cork and the wider region. This plan is a phased 5-15 year strategic development plan and incorporates both clinical and infrastructural proposals which have been developed in a proactive manner to support the transformation of healthcare in Cork as envisaged in Sláintecare and Ireland 2040. This plan will form the basis of the MUH’s submission for the development of an elective hospital in Cork.
Continuing in its role as Cork’s second largest hospital, the plan sees the phased quadrupling of the hospital on its current 16 acre inner-city site providing an additional 68,000 square metres of expanded capacity including a doubling of inpatient beds to 400 and day beds to 110, and significantly increased theatre, diagnostic and clinic capacity. The vision for the MUH campus incorporates a modern general hospital supporting a new elective facility.
MUH is fully committed to ensuring optimum utilisation of its site capacity to serve Cork’s healthcare needs, in whatever form required for the future, and remains open to ideas on how best the overall combined 16 acre MUH site can be used to meet the healthcare needs of patients of the South /South West Hospital Group (SSWHG). The hospital is also in active discussions with University College Cork in respect of development plans for the 12.5 acre Distillery Fields site (jointly owned by MUH and University College Cork (UCC)) and designated for the purposes of developing academic and healthcare facilities) and a joint master plan has been agreed in principle.
The plan is visionary and complements and supports other healthcare providers in acute, community and primary care. It also strengthens the hospital’s relationship with its primary academic partner, University College Cork.
The next stage of the process for MUH is to advance discussions with the Department of Health/HSE/SSWHG in respect of securing agreement on the phasing framework for the development and the concomitant financial approvals
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