Emergency Room

Emergency Room

An emergency casualty/walk-in service for maternity, gynaecology, and colposcopy patients is provided by the emergency room which is located on the first floor in CUMH. This service is available 24 hours, 365 days per year.

Contact: 021 4920545
Assessment or readmission of your baby after Discharge:

If your baby becomes unwell after discharge, please contact your GP.

For after-hours family doctor service please contact SouthDoc on telephone 0818355999.

If you cannot attend your GP or SouthDoc, or your infant requires urgent care you go directly to the Emergency Department in CUH (Cork University Hospital)

The Emergency Room (ER) in CUMH is for adult obstetrical and gynaecological patients only. 

Who do you call if you're in labour?

You do not need to ring in advance to say you are coming to the hospital because you think you are in labour. However if you do need advice or if any of the following is happening, do not hesitate to call and ask to speak to a midwife at 021-4920545.

  • Your contractions are coming every five minutes, lasting longer than 50 seconds and have been getting stronger for at least two to three hours.
  • You have severe or constant abdominal pain with a tight abdomen
  • If there is a change of pattern in your baby's movements
  • Your water has broken and it is clear or has a tinge of pink. Put on a sanitary pad and check it after an hour. If it is wet, please ring us.
  • Your water has broken and it's green or brown. Call us immediately - you will be advised to come into hospital.

Where do I go?

Obstetric and gynaecology patients who require an assessment in the emergency room should initially present at the front hall/reception of CUMH.

Care is prioritised so that patients with more serious problems may be seen first. priority is given to women with serious/life-threatening conditions.

We apologise for any long waiting times and endeavour to see all patients as quickly as possible.

When to attend triage in pregnancy:

Common reasons for presenting:

  • Concern regarding fetal movements
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vaginal Bleeding
  • Following trauma (e.g. after a fall, abdominal trauma or a road traffic accident)
  • Fever/high temperature
  • Urinary Retention
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Suspected miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy 
Vomiting in pregnancy can be common; you may find the links below useful in managing your symptoms

Hyperemesis: Nausea and vomiting

Hyperemesis Ireland

Pregnancy Sickness Support

When to attend the Emergency room with a gynaecology problem:

If you have an acute gynaecological problem you may be referred to the triage department.

Common reasons for presenting with gynaelogical problems include:

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding
  • lower abdominal pain
  • complications post gynaecological procedures/surgery
  • Suspected infection

If you have a query regarding a gynaecological problem that is not acute, you are advised to attend your GP for a referral to one of our Gynaecology clinics.