Loughmahon Corporate Challenge 2018

Corporate Challenge Cycle Saturday 22nd September 2018, 60k & 120k Route Options.

As the childrens ward will benefit from this we would greatly appreciate it if you or family/friends  would like to partake.

Please be advised that anyone interested in partaking in the corporate challenge must register on line . 

For more information visit :




SIVUH Announcement 05/03/18 14.20

With SIVUH services returning to normal, the SIVUH would like to thank the public for its support and understanding during the recent severe weather.  Our services are now running as normal and we expect them to continue as such.  The disruption caused by the severe weather may have a knock-on effect for the week ahead where some services may be extremely busy. Out-patient appointments have recommenced today Monday 5th March 2018, and patients with an appointment are requested to attend as normal.  In respect to cancelled services patients will be issued with new appointment dates.

Over the past few days SIVUH have been working with the Gardaí, local authorities, other emergency services and other agencies through the NEOC and SSWHG, and we would like to thank all those agencies for their efforts which helped us to keep essential services running in difficult conditions.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank our staff who worked tirelessly to ensure the impact to our patients and service users was kept to a minimum, in many cases going well above and beyond.


Mini Marathon 24th September 2017

Dear All,

Anyone interested in taking part in the mini marathon on behalf of the Friends of SIVUH please email drjfbourke@gmail.com. We will provide T shirts/bibs and sponsorship sheets. Any help is gratefully accepted!

Friends of SIVUH


Free Saturday morning skin cancer screening clinic in the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital

More than 100 people attended a free Saturday morning skin cancer screening clinic in the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital recently. The event was organised by Consultant Dermatologists, Dr. Johnny Bourke, Dr Michelle Murphy and Dr Michael O’Connell as part of Euromelanoma Day 2014 and they was assisted by Carmel O’Sullivan (Dermatology Specialist nurse)and Alma Spillane OPD Nurse Manager.

Euro-Melanoma is a pan-European prevention campaign against skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It is also the easiest to cure, if diagnosed and treated early. When allowed to progress, however, skin cancer can result in disfigurement and even death.  The South Infirmary Hospital provides regional dermatology and skin cancer services for the Cork/Kerry region. The screening day serves to highlight awareness of skin cancer amongst the general public and to encourage self checks for new or changing skin lesions.




Archived News


GPs can now use the SIVUH Online Referral System to refer patients to Cardiology. July 2009.

The following is an up-to-date list of Clinics to which GPs can refer patients using the SIVUH GP Services Website

  • Chest Pain Assessment Unit.  
  • Cardiology Clinics - Dr Gerry Fahy and Dr Peter Kelly
  • Pigmented Lesion Clinic – Dr Michelle Murphy.
  • General Dermatology - Dr John Bourke, Dr Fergus Lyons or either Dr Bourke or Dr Lyons.
  • Dermatitis - Dr John Bourke.
  • General Surgery - Ms Deirdre O’Hanlon, Mr Denis Richardson, Mr Martin O’Sullivan, Mr Adrian Ireland.
  • Otolaryngology Head, Neck & Thyroid Surgery - Mr Patrick Sheahan, Mr Gerard O’Leary, Mr Peter O’Sullivan.
  • Plastic Surgery - Mr Sean T. O’Sullivan.


Consultant Updates

Dr. Matthew Murphy commenced in the post of permanent Consultant Physician in Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus on 01/04/09. 

Dr. Brian O’Donnell commenced from 01/04/09 in the post of Consultant Anaesthetist (employed by BreastCheck).

SIVUH Melanoma Services wins Willian Bursary

Click here to view press release 16/01/09.

SIVUH Breast Unit gets top rating.

Click here to view the article published in the Evening Echo 31/12/08.

Dermatology Information:

An Irish Times HealthPlus Supplement article regarding Patients presenting to the SIVUH skin clinic earlier than in other hospitals, published 2nd December 2008 can be seen here.

Consultant Updates:

Mr. Patrick Sheahan has been permanently appointed to the post of Consultant Otolaryngologist to the South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital (SIVUH 31 hours per week / HSE 6 hours per week).  This appointment is effective from 1st January 2009 and is the permanent replacement for Mr. T.J. O’Sullivan.

Dr. Rosemary Murphy has been appointed to the post of Temporary Consultant Radiologist to the South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital. Dr. Murphy commenced in the post 15/07/08 on a 4 day week basis (Tuesdays to Fridays).

Hospital Casemix

The hospital again received a positive casemix adjustment in its 2008 funding allocation from the HSE. This adjustment, in the sum of €329,750, is again a reflection of the high efficiency levels maintained in the hospital.


Dr. Peter Kelly has taken the post of Consultant Cardiologist in a permanent capacity from 01/07/08.

Pink Ribbon Fashion Show

An Evening of Fashion & Fun
Radisson SAS Hotel
Little Island

Thursday 19th October
8.00 p.m.
Tickets €30
ABC FreeFone 1800 30 90 40

Tickets available from

 Ms. Margaret Shanahan (021 4926225)

 Ms. Phil McKenna (021 4926286)

Interactive Dermatology Study Day for GPs

SIVUH Department of Dermatology

Hayfield Manor, Cork

24th November 2007



Lectures & Q&A

Psoriasis. Dr Brian Kirby, St Vincent’s University Hospital

Non melanoma skin cancer. Dr Patrick Ormond, St James’s Hospital

Eczema. Professor Alan Irvine, OLHSC, Crumlin

11.30am -2pm

Round table discussion groups (Please bring cases)

Inflammatory dermatoses

Acne, skin & psyche

Melanoma, laser myths

Paediatric dermatology

Delegates rotate through all 4 discussion groups-numbers limited, book early.

ICGP approved for CAS and GMS study leave

Registration: 087-6126979

New online SIVUH Chest Pain Assessment Unit Referral Service - 18 September 2006

GPs can request appointments for patients using the SIVUH GP Services web site. At present, this facility includes online appointment requests for the SIVUH Chest Pain Assessment Unit.  Other departments will be listed here as they become available. 

New Consultant Appointments

Welcome to Dr. Michelle Murphy and Dr. Michael Murphy who have been permanently appointed to the posts of Consultant Dermatologist and Radiologist respectively from the 1st August 2006.

Dr. Michelle Murphy, Dermatologist, has been appointed on a joint appointment basis.  She will spend 8 sessions per week in the South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital and 3 sessions per week in the HSE Southern Area.  Dr. Michael Murphy, Radiologist, has been appointed on a whole time basis and will spend his 11 sessions per week with the South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital.

Visiting advice

2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

We welcome visitors to the hospital and appreciate the importance of such visits for the well being of our patients. The SIVUH is implementing guidelines as recommended by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

  • Visitors are restricted to two per patient at all times. 
  • Special arrangements for the Childrens Ward and Intensive Care Unit may be made with the ward manager for visiting outside these hours.
  • Children other than patient’s own children should not be brought to visit. Children must be under direct parental / guardian supervision at all times. Arrangements for young children (under 12) visiting should be made with the ward manager.
  • Recommended length of visit is twenty minutes.


The South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital will no longer accept or allow, floral gifts, or flowers of any kind in patient areas from September 1st 2006. This is in the interest of quality patient care.

Attention Evening Echo Mini-Marathon Runners:

on Sunday, 24th September 2006 at 1pm.

Take the opportunity to raise funds for the Breast Care / Oncology Unit, Gynae/Oncology Unit at the SIVUH and get some exercise!

T-Shirts and sponsorship cards will be provided by the Hospital. Enquiries To: Mary Crowley at 021-4926169. See The Evening Echo for official Application Form

Breastcheck Update

Demolition work commence in June 2006, and work on building the new Unit should commence during August. The new Unit should be in place by July 2007.

Gerard O’Callaghan, Chief Executive

Public Service Excellence Award for the Pigmented Lesion Clinic (PLC)

On March 31st 2006 in Dublin Castle an award was conveyed on the South Infirmary–Victoria University Hospital in recognition of the Pigmented Lesion Clinic.  Submissions for consideration were sought by the Department of An Taoiseach throughout the Public Service.  In excess of 150 submissions were reviewed by an independent group, chaired by Ms. Marian Finucane.  The SIVUH was one of 20 recipients who received recognition for Public Service Excellence from An Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern T.D.  Representing the SIVUH were Mr. Gerard O’Callaghan (Chief Executive), Dr. Fergus Lyons (Consultant Dermatologist), Dr. Michelle Murphy (Consultant Dermatologist) and Ms. Margo Topham (Planning, Development & Strategy Manager).  Dr. John Bourke (Consultant Dermatologist) was unable to attend.

On 21st February in the Imperial Hotel, Cork a presentation of our project was delivered.  This provided the opportunity to explain our service provision and to take questions from the audience.  Considerable interest was expressed by both health care and non-health care workers in what we had achieved.

More information regarding the Public Service Excellence Award submission can be obtained from the SIVUH PLC Award March 31st 2006 website

New Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Mr. Jason Kelly (Consultant Plastic Surgeon) will commence a weekly out-patient clinic in the General OPD from week beginning, 8th May 2006

This weekly clinic will be held on a Tuesday afternoon.

Appointment of 3rd Consultant Dermatologist

Dr. Michelle Murphy has been appointed to the post of Permanent Consultant Dermatologist to the South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital.  Dr. Murphy will commence duties in this capacity on 1st August 2006.  This is a new wholetime permanent Joint Appointment.

Clinics Update

The Hospital Clinics page has been updated.  See the clinics page for details

New Appointment

Mr. Adrian Ireland has been permanently appointed to the post of Consultant Surgeon with a special interest in Gastrointestinal Surgery from 1st January 2006.

New Appointment

Dr. Kieran O’Connor has been permanently appointed to the Mercy University Hospital as Consultant Geriatrician from 3rd January 2006.  Under his contract Dr. O’Connor has a 5.5. sessional commitment per week to the South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital.

Catering Department Receives Prestigious Award

The Catering Department of the South Infirmary - Victoria University Hospital has been awarded the "Hygiene Mark" by EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association). The award was received by the Catering Department in May 2005 and the official presentation of the award took place in the SIVUH Conference Room on Tuesday 4th October 2005.

"Achieving this award is a great credit to all of the Staff in the Catering Department. It is also a reflection of the leadership displayed by Pauline Hannafin, Catering Manager, and the strong support given to her by Breda Duff, Jim Seward and Jackie Doody.

This award is a recognition of the fantastic work being done by everyone in the Catering Department, and I am delighted to have this opportunity to formally thank everyone on behalf of the hospital’s Board of Directors for their contribution."

Gerard O’Callaghan, Chief Executive

Pre Assessment Clinic

The Pre-Admission Assessment Clinic opened on the 19th September 2005. It is located on the first floor next to the Day Surgery Reception. All patients (children and adults) who will be attending the New Day Surgery Unit will be pre-assessed prior to admission for local or general anaesthetic in the clinic.


On 19th September 2005, the Day Surgery Unit opened. It consists of a reception area, pre-admission assessment clinic, a ward, theatre and recovery room. This dedicated service provides a "one stop shop" for patients undergoing day surgery. There is an integrated team approach to providing an efficient quality service and optimum patient care.

Attention Evening Echo Mini-Marathon Runners on Sunday, 18th September 2005

On behalf of our Chairman, Mr. Michael Hall, and Board of Directors I wish to thank you for participating in the Ladies Mini Marathon on behalf of our hospital, and for donating the proceeds to our Breast Care/Oncology Unit.

All donations received for our Oncology Unit are very much appreciated, and are utilised in the best possible way in the ongoing fight against cancer.

Gerard O’Callaghan, Chief Executive

Launch of Hospital Watch at the South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital

Hospital Watch was officially launched at the South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital on Monday 22nd August 2005.

The Hospital Watch Programme is a voluntary programme designed to promote awareness of the potential for crime, to provide information on how to prevent a crime and what to do if a crime occurs.

The Hospital Watch Programme operates on the basis of a partnership between An Garda Siochana and the South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital, and works on the same principle as Neighbourhood Watch. The programme aims to provide a safe environment for patients/clients, visitors and staff.

Also, it aims to introduce good security practice and regular communication between staff, security and the local Gardaí to minimise the opportunity for crime within the hospital.

BreastCheck Info

Dr. David Hill, Consultant Radiologist, commenced SIVUH duties 03/09/07

Dr. Alissa Connors, Lead Consultant Radiologist
Commenced SIVUH duties week commencing 10/12/07

Mr. Martin O'Sullivan, Lead Consultant Surgeon
Commenced SIVUH duties 10/12/07


The South Infirmary-Victoria Hospital is changing its name to the South Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital, effective from the 1st July 2005. The hospital is changing its name to reflect its academic links with University College, Cork. The first School of Medicine in Cork was established at the South Infirmary in 1811, and the hospital has continued its involvement in the training of both undergraduate and postgraduate medical staff since then. In recent years with the development of the new School of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Pharmacy and School for Allied Health Professionals, the hospital has built even closer links with University College, Cork. It is our wish that these strong links would be maintained and further developed. The name change is also aimed at highlighting the hospital as a centre for academic research. It is the wish of the hospital’s Board of Directors to develop the hospital further in this area.

Retirement of Mr John Kelly, Consultant Surgeon

Mr. Adrian P. Ireland will commence as Temporary Consultant Surgeon in the South Infirmary - Victoria Hospital from 1st July 2005. Mr. Ireland will replace Mr. John Kelly, Consultant Surgeon, who is scheduled to retire 30th June 2005.

Chest Pain Assessment Unit

The new Chest Pain Assessment Unit opened on the 4th April 2005.

GPs can now complete a referral form available online to refer patients to the new Chest Pain Assessment Unit. See the Chest Pain Assessment Unit department page for more information.


We would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr Michael Regan, Consultant Rheumatologist and General Physician, who commenced employment with us on 1st January 2005.

Opening of new Cardiology Department

The hospital' s new Cardiology Department opened on Monday, 8th November 2004. This department will incorporate a Chest Pain Assessment Unit, ECHO testing area, an ECG recording area and a Stress Testing area.



We would like to extend a warm welcome to Ms. Helen Donovan, the hospital' s new Director of Nursing, who commenced employment with us on Monday, 1st November 2004.

Health & Safety Award

The hospital was a recent recipient of a prestigious award from the National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO). The hospital' s Occupational Health Nurse Specialist, Ms. Regina d'Arcy, also received an award from NISO as Safety Representative of the Year 2004.

Minister announces additional beds

The Minister for Health & Children, Mr. Micheál Martin, T.D., on 15th September 2004 announced the commissioning of an additional seventeen beds in the hospital' s Medical Rehabilitation Unit for Older People.

Minister announces roll-out of BreastCheck

The Minister for Health & Children, Mr. Micheál Martin, T.D., recently announced the rolling out of BreastCheck to the Southern Region, and the designation of the South Infirmary-Victoria Hospital as the site for the development of a new Breast Screening Unit.

Opening of the Medical Rehabilitation Unit

The official opening of the Medical Rehabilitation Unit was performed by our Minister for Health and Children, Mr. Michael Martin on the 8th September, 2003.
The Unit opened its doors on the 7th July 2003 and is presently a 13 bedded facility. The Unit caters exclusively in Rehabilitation for the older adult and this is welcomed as a new and exciting speciality for the hospital.

Opening of the Bone Densitometery Scanner and Digital Mammography Unit

Minister Michael Martin also officially opened the Bone Densitometry Scanner and the Digital Mammography unit in the X-ray department on September 8th, 2003.
The Bone Densitometry unit uses a Dexa Scanner. These scans are available to the public, without charge, via their GP?s. The Digital Mammography unit is the busiest unit in the city, providing a service to the Breast Unit and to GP?s.

Oncology Department Donation

Presentation of cheque for monies raised at Christmas 2002 Night Out by the Hospital`s Social Committee to the Oncology Unit.


We would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr Peter O Sullivan, Consultant Otolaryngologist, who commenced his attachment with the South Infirmary/Victoria Hospital ENT Department on 28th July 2003.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the following new members

of the Consultant Medical Staff

Dr Clare Murray, Consultant Anaesthetist, commencing 9th September 2002. Ms Deirdre O`Hanlon, Consultant Surgeon with special interest in Breast Disease, commencing 16th September 2002.

Raise Funds for the Oncology Department of the South Infirmary -

Victoria Hospital

Anyone interested in doing the Evening Echo Ladies Mini-Marathon on Sunday 15th September 2002 for the Oncology/Breast Care Unit can contact the hospital at (021) 4926100 or (021) 4517700. T-shirts and sponsorship cards are available.
Voluntary funding is most welcomed by the Board. Picture courtesy of the Evening Echo.

New Bone Densitometer Service Available from the end of August 2002.

The Bone Densitometer is designed to detect osteoporosis in both the lumbar spine and hips. It is one of the first public Bone Densitometry services in the country
This service will be available through patients? GPs or Consultants. For appointments / enquiries please contact 021-4926112

Official opening of the Sexual Assualt Treatment Unit

On 22nd February 02 Minister Micheal Martin offically opened the SATU Unit at the hospital. The Unit is staffed by a Clinical Nurse Manager and a Doctor Monday to Friday and there are dedicated staff on call outside of these hours. Telephone 021-4926100

Fund Raising

Social Committee present a cheque for €2,458 on 31/01/02 to staff of the Oncology Unit in the hospital. Proceeds were raised as a result of a raffle at the hospital Christmas party night held in December 2001.

Open MRI Centre Official Opening Day

Minister Micheal Martin officially opened the first Open MRI Unit in Ireland. There are several important advantages of this open system compared to the conventional closed or tunnel design, the major one being reduced claustrophobic sensation.

Official opening of New General Outpatient Department

On 21st May 2001 Minister Micheal Martin officially opened the new General Outpatient Department. The new building will improve access to outpatient services for our patients.

Official opening of CT Scanner May 21, 2001

The availability of this service will improve the quality of care by having readily available a facility that is essential for the diagnosis and appropriate management of a wide range of clinical conditions

Page last updated: 16/10/2018

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