The Mercy University Hospital has secured a new premises for the development of a dedicated Cancer Care Centre.
The building, which is located at number 9 Dyke Parade and a minute walk away from both the main hospital and the Outpatient Department, will be transformed into a non-clinical facility to provide a quiet and safe place for patients and families to access an increasingly necessary range of services to support those affected by a cancer diagnosis.
Permission has been granted by Cork City Council to the Mercy University Hospital Foundation to use the building as a Cancer CARE Centre which will support the needs of cancer patients and their families dealing with the trauma of a cancer diagnosis.
“Creating a dedicated Cancer CARE Centre has been a long term plan of the Mercy University Hospital Foundation and we are delighted to have secured a suitable building to progress to the next stage,” said Mícheál Sheridan, CEO of the Mercy University Hospital Foundation.
“Unfortunately, we faced a number of obstacles along the way but we never lost determination as we know how important it is to be able to provide the patients of the Mercy University Hospital with a service like this.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported our fundraising efforts to date as without their help, none of this would be possible,” he added.
The establishment of the centre has been a long-term objective of the Mercy University Hospital Foundation, and following a number of setbacks over the past number of years, the foundation secured the near-by premises.
In January of 2018, the Mercy University Foundation was granted planning approval by Cork City Council for a Cancer Care Centre on Woods Street, but this was overturned following an appeal to An Bord Pleanála by a local property owner.
The Mercy University Hospital Foundation received support from donors backing their plans and to date, €1.2 million has been raised.
The design phase of the new site will begin in August and subject to this, the Mercy University Hospital Foundation will launch a capital fundraising campaign to complete the project.