Cork University Hospital (CUH) is the largest university teaching hospital in Cork City and the only Level 1 Trauma centre in the Republic of Ireland. CUH has 25,500 inpatient admissions, 27,000 day cases, and 58,000 emergency cases (A&E) annually, making it one of the busiest hospitals in the country. CUH has an annual budget of nearly €300 million and employs in excess of 3,000 staff.
Historically, CUH has operated as part of a citywide group of hospitals (CUH Group) including Cork University Maternity Hospital, St Mary's Orthopedic Hospital, St Finbarr's Hospital, and Mallow General Hospital.Cork University Hospital is the principal teaching hospital attached to University College Cork (UCC). This relationship is further strengthened by a formalized Memorandum of Understanding between both parties. One of the two undergraduate schools for dentists in the Republic of Ireland is located in the grounds of Cork University Hospital, which is managed by University College Cork. The Health Research Board has designated the CUH as a Clinical Trials Centre and currently more than 40 Cancer Clinical Trials are being conducted at CUH. The culture and framework advocated by the Commission on Financial Management and Control Systems in the Health Service (Brennan Report) are currently in place in the CUH. The CUH Group partakes in the Clinicians in Management Initiative and the governance structures are well developed to support this initiative. The Executive Management Board (EMB) is comprised of five members, the General Manager (Chair), the Director of Nursing, the Chairman of Medical Staff and two Consultant Clinicians.
The Division of Oncology provides services in Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Palliative Care and Clinical Haematology. The division functions through the regional cancer strategy and links to Surgical Oncology (for example, the Symptomatic Breast Service), which enables us to provide a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Radiation Oncology is a tertiary referral centre and provides services for the region with a population of approximately one million and treatment is administered on a mainly out patient basis, however we also provide an in-patient service. Medical Oncology provides a pan city service by means of a Chemotherapy Day Unit as well as on an in-patient basis. Clinical Haematology Unit provides both an in-patient and out-patient service along with a Say Unit Service for malignant and non-malignant Haematology. Palliative Care provides an in-patient service at CUH. This service is part of an integrated care model with Home Care Service and St Patricks Marymount Hospice.
Other services offered at CUH include all the major medical specialities and a range of surgical specialities including cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, gynaecologic, plastic and reconstructive, maxillofacial, breast and colorectal along with interventional radiology, interventional pain management and palliative care.