Palliative care hospital opens to public

 

MORE THAN 1,800 people have signed up for a tour of a new €60 million palliative care hospital in Cork before its official opening next month.

After 141 years of providing care to the sick and elderly, Mary-mount/St Patrick’s Hospital is leaving its historical city home at Wellington Road, St Luke’s Cross, Cork. The facility, which provides respite services for older people and full palliative/hospice care, moves from Cork’s northside to a new hospice and hospital at Curraheen on September 17th.

Public tours of the new facility got under way yesterday, with some 1,800 people signed up to view it. Tours will take place daily until August 19th. St Patrick’s opened on Wellington Road in September 1870.

The new 75-bed hospital and 44-bed hospice overlooks Curraheen interchange on the Ballincollig bypass, with the main entrance situated at Ballinaspig More, Waterfall Road, Cork.

The Health Service Executive is providing €17.5 million for the facility, and the Atlantic Philanthropies foundation, founded by Irish-American businessman Chuck Feeney, is providing €10 million. The remainder, as well as much of the ongoing running costs, must come from the hospital’s own fundraising efforts.

Anyone interested in taking a tour may e-mail thefriends@ stpatricksmarymount.ie