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Cork University Hospital

Cork University Hospital
Ospidéal Ollscoil Chorcaí
Health Service Executive
Location Wilton, Cork, Ireland
Phone: +353 21 492 2000
Care system Cork University Hospital Group
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University College Cork
Emergency department Yes
Helipad Cork Airport ORK / EICK
New onsite helipad planned for 2012
Beds 1000
Founded 1978

Cork University Hospital (Irish: Ospidéal Ollscoil Chorcaí), abbreviated as CUH, is the largest university teaching hospital in Ireland and is the only Level 1 trauma center in the country due to the presence of over 40 different medical and surgical specialties on the campus. 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.


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.

Facts - 2008 performance

CUH is one of Ireland's largest hospitals, with an 1000-bed capacity. The hospital employs just over 3,400 staff.[3][4]

  • Staff - 3,400 (campus)
  • Beds - 853
  • Budget - €340m
  • Births - 8,500 appox 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

New Helipad

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.


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-City Centre-Cork University Hospital -Bishopstown-(Curraheen) 208
St. Patrick's Street-Togher-Cork University Hospital 214
Mount Oval-Maryborough-Douglas-City Centre-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[10]

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

See also


  1. ^ About CUH-Beginning
  2. ^ About CUH-Capacity
  3. ^ About CUH-Performance
  4. ^ Cork's CUH celebrates 30th anniversary.
  5. ^ Services
  6. ^ New Helipad
  7. ^
  8. ^ CUH FM
  9. ^ To/From CUH.
  10. ^ To/From CUH.
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