About the Mercy Hospital

For over 150 years The Mercy University Hospital has been caring for the sick and injured and has been a place of respite for the aged and infirm. It has been a place of healing, comfort and compassion and has been a progressive and innovative hospital whilst maintaining its voluntary ethos of supporting and caring for its patients.

When the Mercy University Hospital first opened its doors in 1857 there were 40 beds in the Hospital and eight admissions were recorded on the first day. Today the Mercy University Hospital is a 347-bed acute general hospital providing in-patient, day-patient, outpatient and A&E services. ‘The Mercy’ is still located in the centre of Cork and covering an area the size of 10 football pitches employs over 1200 staff, has 350 beds and treats over 100,000 patients each year.

Our specialist areas include:

  • Urology & Men’s Health
  • Cardiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Oncology
  • Pain Management
  • Childhood Leukaemia

The Cork Voluntary Hospital School of Nursing is based at the Mercy University Hospital and also participates in the Medical undergraduate training programme in association with the National University of Ireland. In October 2007 Mercy University Hospital (MUH) and South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital (SIVUH) two of the country’s leading voluntary hospitals, publically announced their intention to amalgamate and develop a new state-of-the-art public teaching hospital in Cork city.

The new hospital will be a world-class centre of excellence for acute care and will be built on core specialties, worked by multi-disciplinary teams and benchmarked against best international practice. The new hospital will have the potential to care for a catchment population of 1 million with an estimated 200,000-plus patients annually, drawn from Cork city, county and the province of Munster. Visit the hospital website here.

If you would like to make a donation to help patients at The Mercy Hospital just click here or ring 021 4274076. Alternatively, you can post a cheque to The Mercy Hospital Foundation, 26 Henry Street, Cork.