19 December 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital today, 19th December, officially launched its new Education Centre at the Old Blackrock Road, Cork. The centre, which is linked with University College Cork, will cater to over 1,000 people each year, including medical and nursing students and hospital staff.
The newly-renovated Education Centre, which has been in use since September, was jointly funded by UCC, SIVUH and the South/South West Hospital Group and comprises formal lecture and meeting rooms with access to multimedia and videoconferencing facilities, as well as practical learning rooms.
Medical students, nurses, doctors and all members of staff will attend lectures at the centre. GPs will attend the centre for practical training and academic theory sessions and staff at the hospital will also attend the centre for training in a diverse range of topics pertinent to providing best-in-class treatment to patients including customer service training; basic life support; hand hygiene, and manual handling.
Helen Donovan, Interim Chief Executive Officer, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital said: “I am delighted that this centre has opened today. The Education Centre builds on our strong relationship with our academic partner, UCC. It also cements the long role of the hospital in the provision of education which dates back to the early 1800s. The hospital and the education centre will continue to work towards providing the highest quality of patient care with a strong emphasis on staff development.”
Speaking at the official opening of the centre, guest of honour Dr Michael Murphy, President, University College Cork said: “The longstanding relationship between University College Cork and South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital is further cemented by the opening of this world-class facility today. This centre is the fruition of many years of hard work and fundraising and demonstrates the commitment of the board of management to foster a culture of ongoing learning and advancement, ultimately ensuring patients have access to cutting edge treatment and care.