Mater Private Cork’s Emergency Consultant Dr Oisin Powell and his ED team.

The Emergency Department at Mater Private Hospital Cork has seen over 8,000 patients during its first year, treating a mix of medical, surgical and minor injuries since it opened in April 2016.

The majority of patients who attended the Emergency Department were referred in by their family doctor for assessment with the view to admission as required.

Many patients with fractures and surgical needs have needed access to the Mater Private Cork’s theatre and Endoscopy Suites on the same day as admission.

Donna Roche, General Manager at Mater Private Cork, said that 20-30 beds are available every day for acute patient admissions through the Emergency Department, which she added, is fully integrated with all other hospital services.

“This ensures a seamless patient journey and access to our high quality, acute clinical infrastructure including Diagnostic Radiology – CT, MRI, Ultrasound, X-Ray, Urgent Cardiac Care and Acute General Surgery.”

Respiratory and cardiac complaints, acute medical and surgical emergencies, sports injuries and urological emergencies are among the most common cases presented by patients.

Mater Private Cork has doubled its capacity over the past 15 months and the opening of the Emergency Department and a new ward have led to an increase in staffing levels in a number of medical and administrative areas. Further expansion plans are at an advanced stage.