Cork 4 Kids Radiothon comes to Cork


The Children’s Unit at Cork University Hospital (CUH) is to participate in a ‘Radiothon’, which is to take place on the 26th, 27th and 28th of June.  The event is being organised in association with our colleagues in the Mercy University Hospital (MUH), Chidlren’s Miracle Network and 96FM.   This is similar to the ‘People In Need’ campaign that has been organised in the past, except it is to take place on the radio.  The focus will be on the pledging of funding by the public to support children in hospital in CUH and MUH.

You can help

To pledge money:

Please ring Lo Call No. 1890 48 84 88

or text the amount you wish to pledge to 085  73 79 69 6 or click on the Cork 4 Kids logo to donate.

Cork 4 Kids

Children’s Unit, Cork University Hospital

Children’s Inpatient and Day Services in Cork University Hospital are located in their own dedicated unit and has 78 Beds.  The unit is divided into 4 wards: Children’s Medical – Dolphin Ward; Children’s Surgical – Turtle Ward; Baby Ward – Tir na nOg and Children’s Day Ward – Seahorse.  Many years ago the unit was adopted by the naval service, in particular the Le Roisin, and it was with this in mind the children of the unit named the wards in keeping with the sea theme.

Description of Services provided:

The Division of Paediatrics provides for the admission and treatment of children, from birth to 15 years, with medical and surgical illnesses.  The Division provides a comprehensive service for all children, incorporating acute paediatrics (85% of all paediatric admissions), children with chronic illnesses and children at risk.

Medical Sub-specialty services provided include:

·        Respiratory medicine

o       Cystic Fibrosis

o       Asthma

·        Diabetes 

·        Endocrinology

·        Neurology

o       Spina Bifida

o       Epilepsy

o       Neuro Muscular

o       Stroke

o       Hydrocephalus

·        Allergy

·        Immunology

o       Immunisation

·        Haemophilia

·        Rheumatology

·        Cardiology 

Surgical services provided include:

  • General surgery
  • Plastics
    • Trauma
    • Cleft Lip/Palate
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Urology
  • Dental
Patient Statistics 2007
Inpatients CUH                       26,074
(CUH Paediatric Unit)                            5,657
Day Cases                         41,827
(CUH Paediatric Unit)                      1,426

Paediatric Out Patients New


Paediatric Out Patients Return Attendances                      3,426

Scoil CUH

To ensure the continuation of children’s education while in hospital the Children’s Unit has its own school, which is staffed by two teachers and linked to the local school. 


Having completed a Comenius project with French, German and Spanish hospital schools in 2006, CorkUniversity Hospital Special School is now also linked with three hospital schools in Australia. The schools involved are MaterHospital Special School, Brisbane, Royal Children's Hospital Educational Institute, Melbourne, Victoria and Westmeade Hospital School Sydney, New South Wales.  These links provide invaluable opportunities to share best practise in hospital school environments.
Cork University Hospital Special School has ongoing involvement with Ait Eile Trinity College Dublin Project allowing inter-hospital-school online

Video communication between pupils.

We have e-twinned with a primary school in Narbonne, France. This provides cultural and language exchange opportunities for our students.


A visit to hospital is often very traumatic for both the child and its parent and the division wishes to make this experience as positive as possible in a child-friendly, purpose built environment.  We are focused on developing:

  • A dedicated Paediatric Out-Patient department
  • An Assessment Unit where children can be observed and treated, thus avoiding a hospital admission where possible
  • Day Care facilities for Children with chronic illness such as Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes and Epilepsy
  • Improving In-patient facilities such as providing en-suite single room facilities, an adolescent area and expansion of play-room facilities
  • Pulmonary function lab
  • Equipment such as sleep screen apnoea systems – this will help children who experience respiratory problems
  • Other equipment

All fundraising efforts in the unit are focused on these developments.   Should you wish to contribute or help us achieve our vision you can address your contribution marked clearly for The Paediatric/Children’s Unit, C/O Administrator, Cork University Hospital Foundation, Wilton, Cork or directly to the Cork University Hospital Foundation, Ulster Bank, Wilton,Cork– Account Number 10111543; Sort Code 98-54-88.



Last updated on: 25 / 06 / 2008