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Susan Collins, Mags O'Donnell and Hazel O'Leary at 'Sickly Come Dancing - The Relapse' at Ballygarry Estate on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Cheering On The Contestants At ‘Sickly Come Dancing’ (Part 2)

February 3, 2024 at 11:40 am Comments are Disabled

THE atmosphere was electric in Ballygarry Estate last night with hundreds of people cheering on the contestants in ‘Sickly Come Dancing – The Relapse’. The fundraising event for the Friends of University Hospital Kerry was an enormous success and the organising committee from the UHK Sports and Social Club deserve […]

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Over 350 Patients Waiting On Trolleys At UHK During January

Over 350 Patients Waiting On Trolleys At UHK During January

January 31, 2024 at 12:42 pm Comments are Disabled

THERE were 355 patients waiting on trolleys in University Hospital Kerry during the month of January. This was a decrease of 56 on the same month in 2023. Nationally, over 12,132 patients, including 278 children went without a hospital bed this January according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. Speaking […]

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How the new Oncology Unit will look after construction.

UHK’s Permanent Oncology Unit Moves A Step Closer

January 22, 2024 at 1:15 pm Comments are Disabled

UNIVERSITY Hospital Kerry (UHK) has announced a major stride in the establishment of its permanent Oncology Unit with the submission of the Stage 1 building design. UHK Management remains committed to keeping the community informed and engaged throughout the development stages of this vital healthcare project, and other significant projects, […]

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UHK Staff Praised For Efforts In Reducing Waiting Lists In 2023

UHK Staff Praised For Efforts In Reducing Waiting Lists In 2023

January 19, 2024 at 11:56 am Comments are Disabled

MANAGEMENT At University Hospital Kerry (UHK) has extended its appreciation to its healthcare team as Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, outlined improvements made in addressing hospital waiting lists in Kerry in 2023. In a statement yesterday, Minister Donnelly revealed a 47% reduction, equating to 650 patients, in those waiting over 12 […]

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Kevin Ross on Balloon Le Grá outside the hospital on Christmas Day.

Kevin Spreads A Little Bit Of Joy At UHK On Christmas Day

December 27, 2023 at 12:04 pm Comments are Disabled

A KERRY businessman spread some Christmas cheer to children at University Hospital Kerry on Christmas Day. Kevin Ross of Balloons le Grá, the balloon business with stores in Manor West Shopping Centre, Abbeyfeale and Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre in Limerick City took the initiative to visit UHK to bring smiles […]

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UHK Emergency Department Experiences Overcrowding This Morning

UHK Emergency Department Experiences Overcrowding This Morning

December 15, 2023 at 12:07 pm Comments are Disabled

THE Emergency Department (ED) at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) is currently experiencing overcrowding due to increased presentations with a variety of complex needs. There were 32 patients waiting on trolleys at the hospital this morning according to the latest figures from Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO). Management at the hospital is […]

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Repro Free : University Hospital Kerry (UHK) is honoured to announce the official opening of its newly renovated Interim Oncology Day Ward.  Located within the hospital in a reconfigured space of the Ratoo Ward :: Pictured : 
Linus Burke in the new Oncology Day Ward with (from left) Mary Fitzgerald General Manager UHK and Chairperson Comfort for Chemo Kerry, Dr Sinead Noonan Medical Oncologist, Trish Hickey Manager Oncology Day Ward, Paul McCarthy Comfort for Chemo, Amanda Coulson and Cora Walsh Comfort for Chemo. 
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University Hospital Kerry (UHK) is honoured to announce the official opening of its newly renovated Interim Oncology Day Ward.  Located within the hospital in a reconfigured space of the Ratoo Ward, this dedicated medical oncology unit exemplifies a commitment to patient-centred care and comfort.

The newly transformed unit provides a modern, bright, and compassionate environment, ensuring patients experience privacy and a welcoming atmosphere.  UHK's teams supported by the CUH oncology Directorate along with HSE Estates  have meticulously planned the interim unit, placing patients and their journeys at the heart of the design.  Patient feedback has been invaluable in shaping this purpose-built space, ensuring it meets the needs of those undergoing treatment. A specific contribution was also made to this Unit by the ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry’ charity in the form of funding for specialist relaxing treatment chairs designed to support our patients with comfort during this challenging time.


When UHK first commenced an oncology service in 2001 there were approximately 831 patients – Today with over 220 new patients annually, there are over 3,000 patients under continuing surveillance with us.  Further, a survivorship  clinic has commenced at UHK seeing breast cancer patients initially & plans to expand to other patient cohorts next, to ensure patients have the supports they need to get back to living.   The demand for cancer treatments has significantly increased, with Patients at UHK and elsewhere receiving more treatments for longer.  The number of patients receiving infusional anti-cancer treatment in UHK has in fact increased by 30% since 2019.  All of which has prompted the expansion of the oncology services at UHK. The Interim Unit boasts a 40% increase in capacity, allowing for a more extensive range of treatments, including innovative therapies like immunotherapy.   This expansion not only accommodates the existing growth in patient numbers, it also enables flexible scheduling and urgent treatments.

While this interim unit addresses the immediate needs, UHK is diligently focusing on the development of a permanent stand-alone oncology unit. Currently at the design stage, this future-proofed facility aims to provide safe, timely, and evidence-based care for oncology patients.   Dr Sinead Noonan, Consultant Medical Oncologist, has highlighted that “While this Interim Unit will meet our current demand, it is crucial that we focus our energies now to the development of a permanent stand-alone oncology unit. One which will be future-proofed to provide safe, timely, evidenced-based care to our oncology patients. This planned permanent unit will also enable us to meet the projected doubling of patient numbers over the next ten years.”

The UHK Management Team expressed their gratitude to the Palliative Care Services, staff members who relocated from the Ratoo Ward, and the dedicated teams in Estates, Maintenance, and Building Contractors for their invaluable support in making this transition possible.  Mary Fitzgerald said “Your dedication has turned the vision into reality. To all of the staff who worked tirelessly, ensuring a smooth service transition to the new interim Unit.  Thanks to you, our patients will receive the care they need in their new surroundings” 

Acknowledging the exceptional dedication of UHK’s oncology team, including nurses, clinical nurse specialists, advanced nurse practitioners, registrars, consultants, and support staff, the hospital also extended its heartfelt thanks to the people of Kerry.  Their unwavering support has played a pivotal role in bringing holistic, patient-centred oncology care closer to home.
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Further Information:
HSE Capital Works Plan 2023: https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/publications/capital-plan-2023.pdf

UHK Capital Funding Statement: https://uhk.ie/hsecapitalfunding2023-uhk-statement/

 Cancer Incidence in Ireland :   https://www.ncri.ie/sites/ncri/files/pubs/CancerI

PHOTOS: UHK Officially Opens New Interim Oncology Day Ward

November 13, 2023 at 12:26 pm Comments are Disabled

UNIVERSITY Hospital Kerry (UHK) has officially opened its newly renovated Interim Oncology Day Ward. Located within the hospital in a reconfigured space of the Ratoo Ward, this dedicated medical oncology unit provides a modern, bright, and compassionate environment, ensuring patients experience privacy and a welcoming atmosphere. UHK’s teams supported by […]

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Redecorated Paediatrics Area At UHK Emergency Department Honours Kerrie Browne

Redecorated Paediatrics Area At UHK Emergency Department Honours Kerrie Browne

October 3, 2023 at 12:10 pm Comments are Disabled

A NEWLY redecorated part of University Hospital Kerry’s ED Department honours the memory of a nurse in the hospital who passed away four years ago. Kerrie Browne from Brosna tragically lost her life on October 2, 2019 in a road traffic collision. The Browne family were at the hospital on Wednesday […]

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At the opening of the new Snowdrop Room at UHK were parents Linda and Liam in memory of baby Chloe and parents Grainne and William and their daughter Fiadh in memory of baby Luan. Also present; UHK GM Mary Fitzgerald, DOM Sandra O'Connor, CMS Bereavement Carrie Dillon, Clinical Lead Dr Waleed Khattab, CNM2 Breda Nolan and Fr Teddy UHK Chaplain

UHK Introduces Special Room For Parents Coping With Loss

September 22, 2023 at 11:06 am Comments are Disabled

UNIVERSITY Hospital Kerry (UHK) has introduced a dedicated space for parents coping with the loss of a pregnancy or perinatal death. Located in its Maternity Department, the ‘Snowdrop Room’ provides a serene, sensitive, and private space for parents who have experienced the heartbreak of pregnancy loss. The room’s development included […]

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Over 300 Patients Waiting On Trolleys At UHK During August

Over 300 Patients Waiting On Trolleys At UHK During August

August 31, 2023 at 11:55 am Comments are Disabled

THERE was a decrease in patients waiting on trolleys at University Hospital Kerry during August compared to the same month in 2022. There were 314 patients waiting on trolleys this month compared to last August’s all-time high of 343. Nationwide, over 9,720 patients, including 167 children, went without a bed […]

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The Cashel Ward who won the Team of the Year. Photo: Domnick Walsh

PHOTOS: Honouring Exceptional People At University Hospital Kerry

August 17, 2023 at 9:55 am Comments are Disabled

THE Ballygarry Estate played host to the People of UHK Awards at the start of the month. Orchestrated by University Hospital Kerry (UHK) to celebrate the exceptional individuals and teams shaping lives within their care, the event shines a spotlight on those who exemplify the essence of compassion, dedication, and innovation within UHK, leaving an […]

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Visitor Restrictions Lifted At University Hospital Kerry

Visitor Restrictions Lifted At University Hospital Kerry

August 3, 2023 at 10:44 am 1 comment

UNIVERSITY Hospital Kerry has lifted the visitor restrictions that were in place over the 10 days due to high numbers of patients presenting with COVID. Today, the hospital has issued a statement which says there is now a significantly reduced volume of COVID 19 positive admissions and they are in […]

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Visitor Restrictions At UHK Due To Rising Covid Admissions

Visitor Restrictions At UHK Due To Rising Covid Admissions

July 25, 2023 at 9:58 am Comments are Disabled

UNIVERSITY Hospital Kerry has imposed visitor restriction following a rise in people presenting with COVID 19. In a statement issued on Monday, management said the hospital is experiencing a significantly increased number of COVID 19 admissions to the hospital along with a high level of emergency presentations. They have taken […]

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Mary Donovan, Stroke CNS and Stroke Consultant Barry Moynihan, both of UHK at the Friends of UHK fundraising Night at the Dogs on Friday. Photo by Dermot Crean

Raising Awareness Of The Signs Of Stroke At UHK Fundraiser

July 11, 2023 at 11:14 am Comments are Disabled

WHILE entertainment was the order of the night at the recent Friends of UHK Night At The Dogs, it was also a chance to raise awareness with the public of the signs of stroke. The Stroke Unit’s Clinical Nurse Specialist Mary Donovan and Stroke Unit Consultant Dr Barry Moynihan were […]

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Housing Crisis Affecting Staff Recruitment At UHK Says Tralee Cllr

Housing Crisis Affecting Staff Recruitment At UHK Says Tralee Cllr

July 4, 2023 at 11:43 am Comments are Disabled

A SINN Féin Councillor says the ongoing housing shortage is having an impact on the ability to recruit and retain staff at University Hospital Kerry. The ongoing issue with the lack of long-term rental properties in the county is affecting the ability to not only recruit new staff, but to […]

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Pictured at the launch of this year’s Friends of UHK Fundraising Night at the Dogs at UHK were members of the organising committee and UHK staff getting ready for the event on Friday July 7th.

Friends Of UHK Look Forward To Annual Night At The Dogs

July 1, 2023 at 8:54 am Comments are Disabled

ANOTHER great night is planned for next Friday July 7 at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium when the annual Friends of University Hospital Kerry Night At The Dogs takes place. This year will the 31st running of this fundraising event and to date over €3m has been raised to buy specialised equipment […]

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UHK Provides Update On Damage Caused By Flooding On Saturday

UHK Provides Update On Damage Caused By Flooding On Saturday

June 20, 2023 at 4:46 pm Comments are Disabled

UNIVERSITY Hospital Kerry (UHK) has provided an update following flooding at the hospital on Saturday. While the initial flooding impacted the entrance area and main reception, it was swiftly cleared within a number of hours. No patients or staff members were directly affected by the flooding. However, the Cardiology Department […]

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Record Number Of Patients On Trolleys In UHK For May

Record Number Of Patients On Trolleys In UHK For May

May 31, 2023 at 1:17 pm Comments are Disabled

THE number of patients waiting on trolleys at University Hospital Kerry in May was the highest for that month since records began and almost double May 2022 numbers. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation trolley watch figures for the month showed there were 276 patients waiting on trolleys at UHK […]

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€8.5m In Funding Announced For UHK

€8.5m In Funding Announced For UHK

May 29, 2023 at 10:50 am Comments are Disabled

NEARLY €9m in capital funding has been announced this morning to support Kerry Healthcare services across 2023. University Hospital Kerry will receive over €8.5 million in funding this year for a host of key projects including €4.5 million to extend and refurbish the existing pathology laboratory. In this tranche of […]

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UHK Launches New Programme In Response To HIQA Report Findings

UHK Launches New Programme In Response To HIQA Report Findings

April 26, 2023 at 12:25 pm Comments are Disabled

UNIVERSITY Hospital Kerry (UHK) has launched a programme of work, ‘G.R.O. UHK’, which stands for Growing, Rejuvenating & Optimising UHK. The programme is aimed at implementing a range of projects and initiatives in response to findings and recommendations of  both the recently published HIQA report and the HSE review visit […]

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UHK Issues Statement After HIQA Report Expresses Concerns

UHK Issues Statement After HIQA Report Expresses Concerns

February 22, 2023 at 1:38 pm Comments are Disabled

A STATEMENT from University Hospital Kerry has been issued in response to the Health Information and Quality Authority’s report on the hospital released this morning. Four HIQA inspectors spent two days at the hospital last September. The hospital had advance notice of the inspection. During the inspection, HIQA inspectors found […]

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Outpatient Appointments And Endoscopies At UHK To Resume From Monday

Outpatient Appointments And Endoscopies At UHK To Resume From Monday

January 11, 2023 at 2:47 pm Comments are Disabled

UNIVERSITY Hospital Kerry will re-open all out-patient scheduled appointments and endoscopies on Monday, January 16. Elective procedures and elective surgery will be rescheduled after January 20, with time critical surgeries being accommodated. A statement issued by UHK management says the hospital continues “to be challenged in relation to the surge of […]

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UHK To Defer Most Outpatient Appointments And Elective Surgeries

UHK To Defer Most Outpatient Appointments And Elective Surgeries

January 3, 2023 at 6:16 pm Comments are Disabled

MANAGEMENT at University Hospital Kerry has issued a statement regarding the “extreme pressure” being placed on services at the hospital at the moment due to a number of factors. This pressure has now resulted in the deferral of most outpatient appointments and elective surgeries (see details below). There were 40 […]

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Forty Patients Waiting On Trolleys Today At UHK

Forty Patients Waiting On Trolleys Today At UHK

January 3, 2023 at 11:14 am Comments are Disabled

THERE are 40 patients waiting on trolleys at University Hospital Kerry today according to figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. This is a record number at the hospital since the INMO started compiling  figures based on daily checks in emergency departments and wards across the country in 2006. […]

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Over 3,300 Patients Were Waiting On Trolleys At UHK In 2022

Over 3,300 Patients Were Waiting On Trolleys At UHK In 2022

December 22, 2022 at 9:58 am Comments are Disabled

FIGURES collated by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show that, up to Tuesday, December 20, there were 3,371 patients waiting on trolleys in University Hospital Kerry this year. While this figure was higher than in 2020 and 2021, it was still lower than the high of 3,610 in 2019. […]

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New Mental Health Assessment Room Opens At UHK Emergency Department

New Mental Health Assessment Room Opens At UHK Emergency Department

December 14, 2022 at 6:02 pm Comments are Disabled

CORK Kerry Community Healthcare Mental Health Services have opened a new mental health assessment room within the emergency department of University Hospital Kerry. The assessment room will be a confidential and therapeutic setting for anyone presenting to UHK in a mental health crisis. The room is a joint initiative between CKCH […]

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UHK Experiencing High Volume Of Patients Presenting At Emergency Department

UHK Experiencing High Volume Of Patients Presenting At Emergency Department

November 29, 2022 at 3:29 pm Comments are Disabled

UNIVERSITY Hospital Kerry is experiencing an exceptionally high volume of presentations, both adults and children, to its Emergency Department today, as it has been over the past number of days. A statement has been issued from hospital management saying there is intense pressure on capacity within the Emergency Department itself […]

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Unprecedented Numbers Of Patients Presenting At UHK Emergency Department

Unprecedented Numbers Of Patients Presenting At UHK Emergency Department

October 25, 2022 at 1:14 pm Comments are Disabled

MANAGEMENT at University Hospital Kerry are asking the public to, where appropriate, contact their pharmacy, GP or South Doc before presenting at the Emergency Department. This is due to what they describe as “absolutely unprecedented levels of presentation over the past number of days” at the ED in the hospital. “As […]

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UHK Launches Facility To Register Accommodation Vacancies For Potential Employees

UHK Launches Facility To Register Accommodation Vacancies For Potential Employees

October 13, 2022 at 2:53 pm 1 comment

UHK have launched on online portal in a bid to ease the staff accommodation problem for potential employees. The ability to recruit new health and medical staff in UHK is being partially impacted by the lack of available housing. There is concern that the lack of accommodation could lead to […]

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Daly Calls For Government Investment In Haematology Services At UHK

Daly Calls For Government Investment In Haematology Services At UHK

September 13, 2022 at 9:02 am Comments are Disabled

SINN Féin TD for Kerry, Pa Daly, has called on the government to invest in Haematology Services in University Hospital Kerry. Deputy Daly says he has been hearing from patients and hospital staff about deficiencies in Haematology services in the hospital. “Before the Dáil broke in July, I raised the […]

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