A €77m development at Bon Secours Hospital Cork will create 50 new jobs at the hospital, it was announced today.
The Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mr Jim Daly TD, turned the sod on the northern block expansion project at the hospital this morning.
The six-storey extension is expected to take two years to complete and the project will also provide more than 300 construction jobs.
Bon Secours Hospital Cork is currently one of the largest employers in the region, employing over 1,100 staff, and this development will create opportunities for nursing staff, radiotherapists and clinicians as the hospital continues to expand its services.
The development includes a new critical care unit, in-patient wards, oncology day ward, an additional four operating theatres and recovery room as well as 81 new private rooms. The expansion also includes the development of private radiotherapy services in a joint venture with University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC).
The radiotherapy centre will open in July 2019 and expects to treat patients with two advanced radiotherapy systems used for a variety of cancers.
“The new radiotherapy centre is an exciting development for the hospital and our patients,” hospital manager Harry Canning said.
“The treatments available to our patients will be truly world class.”
In preparation for the development, a new bridge over the south channel of the River Lee and a new hospital entrance to Western Road were recently completed.
The bridge and road were required to allow construction traffic access to the rear of the hospital. Once complete, the road will be used as a permanent new entrance to the Bons.
This event marks another important milestone in the history of Bon Secours Hospital Cork, the largest private hospital in Ireland, which has been treating patients in the Munster region for more than 100 years.
The extensive expansion is the largest ever investment undertaken by the Bon Secours Health System and is a key part of the €150m investment by the health system as part of the recently launched 2020 plan in its five acute hospitals in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Tralee and, Dublin.