Green light for children’s department a “big step on the right path”

Healthcare workers and campaigners have welcomed a council’s decision to approve a plan to expand pediatric services at Cork University Hospital (CUH).

Applications have been submitted to obtain permission from Cork City Council to build a five storey extension to the hospital. This should ensure that the most acute care for sick children in the Münster area can be guaranteed at the CUH.

The proposed development will add 80 new pediatric inpatient beds, as well as sleeping areas for parents or caregivers in each of the rooms.

Upon completion, the unit will also include child-friendly operating rooms, a mental health and palliative care room, MRI scanning facilities for children, and specialty rooms for oncology and highly dependent patients.

Marie Watson, a clinical nurse manager in CUH’s children’s unit, said getting the green light is hugely important.

“It is a big step in the right direction to develop the children’s department into what the children of Cork and Munster deserve, which is second to none accommodation to match what they already have – second to none nursing and medical care,” she said .

The move was welcomed by Saoirse O’Shaughnessy, a healthcare assistant at CUH’s ER who was crowned Miss Cork 2022 earlier this year.

“It’s so much better for a Cork kid to be treated financially and emotionally in Cork than to go all the way to Dublin,” she said.

“Every child deserves to have the best childhood. You never know when you might need the services of the new hospital.”

Claire Concannon of CUH Charity said the expansion and ongoing construction of the children’s emergency room would “result in a smoother journey for children and their families through our healthcare system.”

CUH Charity, the fundraising arm of the hospital, has five appeals, including the Children’s Hospital appeal and the Children’s Emergency Department appeal.

A fundraising initiative by CUH Charity is giving the public the opportunity to have their name on the wall of the new children’s health facility, with donations going towards furnishing the extension. The campaign raised €55,850 in donations.

Another campaigner for expanding hospital childcare, Ireland and Munster rugby player Peter O’Mahony, said: “There will be space for parents to be with their children in times of need, so it’s going to be an incredible facility .

“It’s incredibly important for Cork, the Munster region and Ireland in general.” Green light for children’s department a “big step on the right path”

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