Paediatrics is the branch of medicine dealing with the health and medical care of infants, children and adolescents.

Our paediatric service treats children from 28 days to 16 years’ old


☛ asthma,

☛ allergies - including skin prick testing, oral food challenges and drug provocation tests,

☛ epilepsy,

☛ constipation, and

☛ bed wetting (enuresis)

☛ infant feeding problems

☛ developmental delay



We diagnose conditions of the:

☛ brain,

☛ spinal cord,

☛ nerves, and

☛ muscles.




The Hospital also offers Psychology Services to patients.   

Dr Gillian Moore-Groarke regularly treats children who suffer from anxiety or who have difficulty coping with various illnesses.  She also treated young athletes who have experienced concussion and through various psychological interventions helped them to return to full social and cognitive function. 

Contact Details for Dr Moore-Groarke:

Tel/Fax:    021 4343073
Private Clinic Address:  5a, Block B, Harley Court, Sarsfield Road, Wilton, Cork 


All of the staff here at the Hospital know that coming to the Hospital can be a daunting time.

Our aim here on the Childrens Ward is to make your child's stay as comfortable as possible and we welcome your involvement in your child's care. We have a buzzer system in place at the doors of the Childrens Ward to keep all our patients safe.  Please ring the buzzer once and be patient as the staff may be tending to a child and will allow you access into the ward as soon as possible.

Children are not allowed to leave the Childrens Ward with their parent/guardian unless permission is gained from nursing staff.  They are only allowed go to another department for tests/procedures as requested by their consultant.

Children are at risk of falls whilst in the Hospital due to the unfamilar environment.  To reduced this risk, please read the Falls Prevention Sheet located at teh end of each bed or the large poster displaced outside the playroom.

Please ensure that the cot sides are in the fully upright position if you are leaving your baby/toddler for any length of time.   Please maintain the area surrounding your childs's cot/bed space in a neat and tidy manner allowing access to your child as needed for the nurse to record observations and administering medications.  A call bell is located at each bed space should you require a nurse urgently.

Children in isolation need to stay in their rooms.  Children may be moved from one room to another to facilitate those that require to be nursed in isolation. Surgical hand gel is widely available on the ward.  Please use same to help prevent the spread of infection.

For Information on Elective Surgical Admissions to the Children’s Ward for Parents/Guardians, please click here


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Waqar Ahmad
Consultant Paediatrician
Bon Secours Hospital Cork

Dr Waqar Ahmad

Consultant Paediatrician


Dr Waqar Ahmad has worked in various hospitals throughout Ireland including Cork University Hospital, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Mercy University Hospital and University Hospital Limerick. Dr Waqar completed his specialist traning in 2013 and has worked in various Consultant posts since then including the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise and University Hospital Kerry.

Dr Waqar’s areas of interest include common paediatric medical problems, reflux, colic, feeding difficulties, sleep and behavioural issues, constipation, food intolerance, poor weight gain, asthma, urine infections and neurological concerns.

Contact Details

  • Dr Waqar Ahmad
  • Suite 1, The Cork Clinic, Western Road, Cork


Niamh Lynch
Consultant Paediatrician
Bon Secours Hospital Cork

Dr. Niamh Lynch

Consultant Paediatrician


Dr Lynch is a consultant in paediatrics with a special interest in paediatric neurology. She accepts referrals for both general paediatrics and paediatric neurology.
Dr Lynch is a UCC graduate, completing her undergraduate studies in 1998, winning The James M. O’ Donovan Medical Prize, The Pearson Medal for Surgery and The John Kelly Prize for Clinical Surgery. Her paediatric training took place in Temple Street University Hospital, Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin, and Cork University Hospital. Dr Lynch did a Fellowship in Paediatric Neurology in the British Columbia Children's Hospital, Vancouver, Canada.

Dr Lynch provides a comprehensive service in both acute paediatrics and office based consultations. Acute admissions are accepted through the booking office in The Bon Secours Health System. 

Contact Details

  • Dr. Niamh Lynch
  • The Officers Mess, Top Floor, Old Fort Road, Ballincollig, Co Cork P31 YH66


Ioana Maris
Consultant Paediatrician
Bon Secours Hospital Cork
Phone: 021 4941339

Dr Ioana Maris

Consultant Paediatrician


Dr Ioana Maris graduated from University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Victor Babes" Timisoara, Romania in 1995.  She completed a PhD in Paediatric Nephrology in 2009, focused on the epidemiology of renal disease in children, while working as a Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist in a Tertiary University Hospital.

Ioana moved to Ireland in 2011.  in 2013, she was the recipient of a Fellowship Award from the National Children's Research Centre, Dublin, for the project "A Prospective Study of the Incidence of Anaphylaxis in Irish Children", and she completed her Medical Doctorte in UCC in 2017.

Ioana worked as a Consultant Paediatrician/Senior Lecturer in Cork University Hospital/UCC.  She is an investigator in several Clinical Trials on Peanut Immunotherapy, and continues her academic assocation as a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, UCC. 

Areas of Interest

Special Interests include:

  • Paediatric Allergy Testing
  • Epidemiology, Management and Awareness of Paediatric Anaphylaxis
  • Allergen Immunotherapy
  • Paediatric Nephrology



Contact Details

  • Dr Ioana Maris
  • Suite 2.2, Consultants Private Clinic, Wilton, Cork

To access the services in Childrens Ward, you will need a letter of referral from your GP.

To make an apppointment, please contact

021 - 4347788 for Dr Sami Ahmed

021 - 4546343 for Dr Niamh Lynch

021 - 4941339 for Dr Ioana Maris

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