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

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 can annually handle:[2]

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

This makes CUH one of the biggest hospitals in Ireland.


CUH is one of Ireland's largest hospitals, with a 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 wide range 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 will receive a new helipad costing €1.5m, work is expected to commence on the new project sometime in 2012 or 2013.[6] 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.

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]


The following Bus Éireann city bus routes service the hospital[9].

To/From Route Number
Mayfield - Blackpool - Knocknaheeney - Cork Institute of Technology - Bishopstown - Cork University Hospital (Northern Orbital) 201
Mayfield - Downtown - Cork University Hospital - Bishopstown - Curraheen 208
St. Patrick's Street - Togher - Cork University Hospital 214
Mount Oval - Maryborough - Douglas - Downtown - Glasheen - Cork University Hospital 216
Mahon - Douglas - Turner's Cross - Ballyphehane - Togher - Cork University Hospital - Cork Institute of Technology (Southern Orbital) 219

In addition, a number of regional bus routes also service the hospital[9].

To/From Route Number
Downtown - Cork University Hospital - Ballincollig (Not all services) 232
Downtown - Cork University Hospital - Bandon - Dunmanway - Bantry - Glengarriff - Castletownbere (Not all services) 236
Downtown - Cork University Hospital - Bandon - Clonakilty - Skibbereen - Schull - Goleen 237
Downtown - Cork University Hospital - Bandon - Courtmacsherry - Butlerstown 239

See also[edit]