UHK Welcomes Boost in Patient Care with New Inpatient Bed Capacity

University Hospital Kerry is delighted to welcome the announcement, by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, of a planned allocation of 108 additional inpatient beds, from 2025-2028, for the hospital.


  • This crucial expansion in bed capacity will enhance University Hospital Kerry’ s ability to appropriately meet the growing
    demand for inpatient facilities and ultimately improve patient care. The additional inpatient beds will bring about
    multiple benefits to the patients of Kerry including a more expedient transition from the Emergency Department to an
    inpatient bed, for patients deemed suitable for admission.
  • This announcement represents a very significant and noteworthy investing of financial capital resource into University
    Hospital Kerry and is in addition to ongoing progression of other significant capital projects for UHK such as the
    permanent Oncology build, Women’s Health Ambulatory Care offsite build, additional Operating Theatre and Dialysis
    Neutral pressure Room, onsite.
  • Mary Fitzgerald General Manager, on behalf of the entire management team at University Hospital Kerry, expressed
    enthusiasm in regard to the announcement by Minister Donnelly :
    ‘ We are very pleased and greatly appreciative of the announcement that UHK’s inpatient bed capacity will be expanded
    by 108 beds. The staff of UHK continually strive for excellence in the service they provide and one significant obstacle to
    this is our deficit in bed capacity – particularly single (isolation) rooms. Once operational, the additional bed capacity announced by Minister Donnelly, will enable the staff of University Hospital Kerry to deliver a much-enhanced inpatient
    service to the people of Kerry and beyond.
  • We are hugely grateful for the recognition of UHK’s bed capacity deficit and the support of the Minister for Health and our HSE Colleagues Regional and National who will work closely with us to bring these additional beds to fruition.’

Find out more about the plans for University Hospital Kerry with:  GRO-UHK