Upwards of 1,200 stroke patients will be treated annually at a new state-of-the-art medical facility at Cork University Hospital which was officially opened today.

CUH is home to the busiest impatient stroke service in the country.

As one of two national stroke thrombectomy centres in the country, the unit will also be open 24 hours a day, seven days per week as a regional stroke thrombectomy centre for patients from across Munster and the south of Ireland.

The newly refurbished unit, which has 24/7 consultant cover, will provide a 31-bed unit with an improved therapy suite, and a new five-bed hyper-acute stroke bay with advanced monitoring.

It also runs an outpatient service to follow-up patients after discharge and to see referrals for complex stroke cases.

Welcoming the new facility, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said it would have a "significant impact on the care provided to those who suffer from strokes from all over Munster.

Newly-refurbished units like these will greatly improve overall patient experience by offering the best practice and specialised procedures for those who suffer from strokes," he said.

CEO of the South/South West Hospital Group Gerry O'Dwyer said the investment was part of ongoing efforts to meet the needs of the community.