Cork University Hospital

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Cork University Hospital
Ospidéal Ollscoil Chorcaí
Health Service Executive
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Location Wilton, Cork, Ireland
Phone: +353 21 492 2000
Coordinates 51°52′55″N 8°30′39″W / 51.881953°N 8.510740°W / 51.881953; -8.510740Coordinates: 51°52′55″N 8°30′39″W / 51.881953°N 8.510740°W / 51.881953; -8.510740
Care system Cork University Hospital Group
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University College Cork
Emergency department Yes
Beds 800
Helipad Cork Airport ORK / EICK
Nearby rugby football field.
Founded 1978
CUH Campus

Cork University Hospital (Irish: Ospidéal Ollscoil Chorcaí), abbreviated as CUH, is a university teaching hospital in Ireland. It is operated by the Health Service Executive. The hospital is located in Wilton in the south-western suburbs of Cork.[1] CUH officially opened in November 1978, and was known then as Cork Regional Hospital. The hospital primarily treats patients from Cork and Kerry which have a combined population of more than 620,000. In addition to this, it is also a tertiary referral centre for Munster, serving a population of more than 1,173,000.

Capacity statistics[edit]

CUH is staffed to handle (on an annual basis):[2]

  • 25,500 inpatient admissions
  • 27,000 day cases
  • 58,000 emergency cases (A&E)

This makes CUH one of the busiest hospitals in Ireland.[2]


CUH is one of Ireland's largest hospitals, with an 800-bed capacity, based on 2008 figures. The hospital employs just over 3,400 staff.[3][4]

  • Staff - 3,400 (campus)
  • Beds - 800
  • Budget - €340m
  • Births - 8,500 approx. in 2008
  • Inpatient Procedures - 25,500
  • Day Case Procedures - 27,000
  • A&E Attendances - 58,000 (new and returns)
  • Out Patients Attendances - 194,872 (new and returns)
  • Meals per annum - 1 million
  • Capital investment - €250 million (capital programme)
  • Dialysis Treatments - 22,300


CUH has a number of services split into 6 categories:[5]

  • Clinical Services
  • Clinical Support Services
  • General Support Services
  • Governance/Management
  • Nursing and Midwifery Services
  • GPs and Healthcare Professionals


It was confirmed on 6 April 2011 that CUH would receive a new helipad costing €1.5m, with work expected to commence on the new project sometime in 2012 or 2013.[6][needs update] The hospital's original helipad was removed in 2003 to facilitate the construction of a new accident and emergency department. Access was facilitated by ambulance from Cork Airport 8.5 km from the Cork University Hospital campus. The journey time was approximately 10 minutes by ambulance. Currently helicopters land on a purpose built helipad at Highfield R.F.C next to the hospital[7] and are transferred by 2 minute ambulance ride to CUH.[needs update]

Radio station[edit]

CUH has its own hospital radio CUH FM. It is located within the hospital, just down the corridor from the main entrance. The station has full coverage to the hospital and surrounding areas, including Wilton.[8]


A number of Bus Éireann city bus routes serve the hospital,[9] including routes 201 and 208 (from Mayfield), 214 (from St. Patrick's Street), 216 (from Mount Oval via Douglas), and 219 (from Mahon).

In addition, a number of regional bus routes also serve the hospital,[9] including some services on route 232 (from Ballincollig), routes 236, 237 and 239 (from West Cork).

Notable patients[edit]

The poet Matthew Sweeney died here in August 2018.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ About CUH-Beginning Archived 2010-06-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b "About CUH-Capacity". Archived from the original on 2010-06-25. 
  3. ^ About CUH-Performance Archived 2010-06-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Cork's CUH celebrates 30th anniversary.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-25. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  6. ^ "New CUH helipad set to cost €1.5 million". Irish Medical Times. 
  7. ^ Hugh O'Connell. "Chopped: GAA pitch will no longer be used as helicopter pad for Cork hospital". 
  8. ^ tomnoctor. "I.H.R.N." 
  9. ^ a b To/From CUH.
  10. ^ "Death Notice of Matthew Sweeney". 5 August 2018. Archived from the original on 9 August 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.