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Kieran McCarthy (2004) A Dream Unfolding: Portrait of St Patrick’s Hospital & Marymount Hospice

St. Patrick’s University Hospital owes its origins to the inspiration of Dr. Patrick Murphy, who from his own experiences living and working in Cork, was well aware of the medical needs of the sick and poor of the city.  He had been impressed with the work of the Religious Sisters of Charity in Cork, especially during the Famine, and bequeathed to them whatever remained of his estate on condition that they provide a hospital for the people of Cork.

St Patrick’s University Hospital and Marymount University Hospice is a healthcare facility which provides two distinct services. The elderly care facility provides respite care, intermediate palliative care and continuing care for older people. Marymount Hospice provides care to patients with progressive illness, both cancer and non-cancer, at a time when pain or other symptom issues need addressing. Patients on active treatment may benefit from a short term admission for symptom control and rehabilitation. Support is offered to families facing loss or who are bereaved. Marymount is the designated specialist palliative care centre for the Cork/Kerry region serving a population of approximately 600,000.

The facility was founded in 1870 and in September 2011 moved from its long-time city centre location, no longer fit for purpose, to a new purpose built state of the art facility at Curraheen on the edge of Cork city. The new facility provides 44 specialist palliative care beds (24 are currently operational) an extensive ambulatory care/day care facility, accommodation for the community palliative care team, and full educational and library resources. There are 63 elderly care beds and a day care facility on campus.

There is a long and proud tradition of providing high quality clinical, psycho-social and spiritual care to patients and their families. There is an active and developing interdisciplinary teaching and research programme with strong University links. There are recognised training programmes for doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers and chaplains in the principles and practice of palliative care and all are approved by recognised governing bodies such as The Medical Council, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and An Bord Altranais. The service is designed to help people live as actively as possible in the face of advancing illness. The patient and their family are at all times at the centre of our philosophy of care.

The cost of providing this service is met by a combination of state funding and, increasingly, by donated funds.

The Mission of St. Patrick’s University Hospital is that of the Religious Sisters of Charity in all of their healthcare services, viz. to bring the healing love of Christ to the sick and poor in the spirit of their Foundress, Mary Aikenhead, and in keeping with the mission of the Catholic Church.  The management and staff of St. Patrick’s University Hospital strive to provide healthcare services that foster their core values of dignity, compassion, justice, quality and advocacy.

We welcome people of all faiths and those of none.