The Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) at the Bon Secours Health System Cork is a modern 7-bed purpose built facility. The MAU provides high quality emergency care in Cork and is open to patients 5 days a week, Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Your GP can refer you to our MAU for rapid access to a consultant provided service and for a wide range of complaints. We accept patients over 16 years of age. Our Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) accepts patients from 1 month old - to 16 years of age: cork-departments/paediatric-assessment-unit--pau-
Patients will be seen without delay and any tests required will be organised for you while you are in the MAU.
If admission to the hospital for emergency care is necessary this will be arranged without delay. If you are sent home, arrangements for any follow up tests or appointments will be made for you.
If admission to the hospital and specialist consultant care is required, this will be arranged for you immediately. Please visit cork-departments to see our list of Departments and Consultants.
- Patient with seasonal bronchiolitis (for those under 6 months of age) - please click link Admission Exclusion Criteria; contentFiles/Admissions_Exclusion_Criteria_for_Patients_Referred_to_MAU_PAU_for_Assessment_v4_0_04_12_19.pdf
- Surgical Patients
- Trauma (long bone fractures, minor lacerations/wounds)
- Ambulance referrals
- Eye emergencies
- Certain ENT emergencies e.g. epistaxis, airway foreign bodies
- Child protection/mental health presentations
The MAU Consultant will complete a letter for your GP which you should collect at reception before leaving the unit.
Attendance to the MAU is by GP referral only.
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Attendance by GP referral only
The aim of the unit is to promote prompt and timely access for patients to expert consultant opinion, assessment, and if needs be, admission to consultant specialist emergency care.
The consultant provided service at the MAU is led by Prof. Ronan O’ Sullivan, Consultant in Emergency Medicine. The emergency care service provided by the unit allows for treatment to begin immediately on arrival. There are no trolley waits. An early same-day assessment will be provided supported by a full range of diagnostic testing. If admission to the hospital and specialist consultant care is required, this will be arranged for you immediately.
The MAU unit is located close to the main hospital reception and has dedicated parking. It includes high quality accommodation, assessment treatment rooms and associated equipment.
Following his graduation from UCC in 1995 he qualified as a consultant in Emergency Medicine gaining fellowships with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons and Physicians in Ireland. In addition, he has gained a European Masters degree from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale (Italy).
He has worked as a consultant in Emergency Medicine and Retrieval Medicine in Europe, Australasia and the Middle East. He has held academic positions at the University of Sydney, Charles Sturt University, Australia and the University of Limerick.
While on sabbatical in 2013 he worked clinically as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and as the Chief Medical Advisor for the National Ambulance Service in the UAE.
Since his return to University Hospital Limerick, he has been responsible for the design and clinical implementation of the new state of the art Emergency Department. This patient-centred project was the first national capital health project in Ireland to be completed on time and on budget.
Prof O’Sullivan graduated from UCC in 1994 and completed specialist training on the Irish National Emergency Medicine training program in 2004. He thereafter completed fellowship training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Melbourne, Australia from 2004-6 and was appointed to a Consultant position at RCH in 2006. In 2007, he returned to Ireland to the position of Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. From 2008-13, he was Professor and Chair of Paediatrics at University College Dublin, and also National Director of Training in Emergency Medicine. He was made a Fellow of the Faculty of Paediatrics of RCPI in 2010. Prof O’Sullivan returned to Cork in 2013 to take up a position as Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Cork University and Mercy University Hospitals. He is a Principal Investigator with the National Children’s Research Centre and has developed the country’s first research unit in Emergency Medicine. He is also a member of the executive management team in the School of Medicine at UCC.
Prof O’Sullivan joined BSHC in 2014 to develop our acute services and pathways, commencing with the opening of our the Medical Assessment Unit for adult medical patients.