Cork University Hospital (CUH)

Cork University Hospital (CUH) is one of the biggest and busiest hospitals in Ireland. It covers Cork, Limerick, Kerry, Tipperary, Waterford, Clare and Kilkenny and serves a population of over 1.1 million.

CUH marked its 40th anniversary in 2018. The hospital houses 40 medical and surgical specialities in one campus, is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Ireland and is the only Level 1 Trauma Centre in Ireland.

CUH is the location of the Regional Cancer Centre – the designated cancer centre for the region and one of the largest in Ireland. It is a Centre of Excellence for Cancer Services, Paediatrics, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Cystic Fibrosis and Respiratory, among other areas of medicine.

Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH)

Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) opened in March 2007 and involved the amalgamation of maternity services from the Erinville Hospital, St. Finbarr’s Maternity Hospital, Bon Secours Maternity Unit and gynaecology services from Cork University Hospital. CUMH is Ireland’s first fully digital hospital which means that all women visiting CUMH for gynaecology services will now have an entirely electronic health record.

CUMH is part of the South/South-West Hospital Group (SSWHG) and is the largest tertiary referral centre in the South of Ireland. Over 8,000 babies are delivered at the hospital every year. The birthing suite at CUMH has 12 individual delivery rooms, one of which has a birth pool that can be used for pain relief in the first stage of labour. The hospital also houses a theatre suite with four operating theatres, a high dependency unit for women with pregnancy complications, an exceptional neonatal unit, a recovery room, and a ‘home from home’ room, which is available to women who wish to give birth in a less formal environment within the hospital.