‘Strong case’ put forward for new elective-only hospital for Cork to be housed in Mercy

‘Strong case’ put forward for new elective-only hospital for Cork to be housed in Mercy
Mercy HospitalPic Denis Scannell

A CORK hospital has put forward a proposal that would see it house the new elective-only hospital earmarked for Cork.

The chair of the South/South West Hospital wrote to the Health Minister in November last year to make a “strong case” for a new elective hospital in Cork.

However, there has been no decision on any site for the new hospital, proposed in the Ireland 2040 plan, as yet, with a number of possible sites in the region.

The elective-only hospital would cater for elective surgeries and aim to free up capacity in other acute hospitals in the area such as Cork University Hospital (CUH) and the Mercy.

In its newly published development plan, management at Mercy University Hospital (MUH) made a case for the hospital to be housed on its campus.

The new plan will see MUH double its bed capacity and quadruple in size.

Neil O’Carroll, chairman of the hospital board, said developing the new elective hospital on the MUH campus as part of this project makes sense.

The MUH Campus plan claims that the newly developed elective hospital on the MUH Campus site will become the leading regional provider of elective in-patient surgery and a wide range of day case surgery.

The newly developed site will work closely with CUH and the Model 2 hospitals in the region to provide a full range of surgical services.

Referencing the ambitious plan, Mr O’Carroll said: “In this document we are putting forward, in a proactive manner, our proposal for the development of the Mercy University Hospital and its Distillery Fields site to assist the South/South West Hospital Group, HSE, and Department of Health in their strategic decision making processes for future healthcare investment in the region.

“It clearly outlines the substantial capital development capacity and service delivery potential of this city centre hospital which has over 16 acres available for development,” he said.

“Now is the time to invest ambitiously,” concluded Mr O’Carroll.

A spokesperson for the hospital said: “MUH recognises that there are a number of options that can be considered for future investment in Cork healthcare.

“In that context MUH will be offering its site for consideration as part of any site selection process and accordingly the development plan will form the basis of the hospital’s submission for the development of an elective hospital in Cork as envisaged in Ireland 2040.”

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