THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT at Cork’s South Infirmary Victoria Hospital (SIVUH) is to close from Sunday 29 July, the Health Service Executive has confirmed.
The acute medicine and surgery services that have been provided at the facility will be moved to Cork University Hospital (CUH) and Mercy University Hospital (MUH).
The HSE says that additional beds to provide for acutely ill patients who would have previously been treated at SIVUH have already opened at CUH and MUH.
The re-organisation of services at SIVUH began at the end of last year with the transfer of elective orthopaedic and cardiology services, as well as the closure of SIVUH’s Emergency Department at night.
The HSE says the new Mercy Urgent Care Centre, located on the grounds of the former St Mary’s Orthopaedic Hospital in Gurranabraher Cork city, is an additional facility for those needing treatment for minor injuries; the care centre is led by a consultant in emergency medicine and has facilities to take x-rays, apply plaster casts and stitch wounds.
In a statement, the HSE said the realignment of emergency departments in Cork has enabled the transition of SIVUH to a mainly elective hospital with a particular expertise in day surgery and surgery that requires a short length of stay.