HSE still plans to up­grade hos­pi­tals

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

The Health Services Ex­ec­u­tive is pro­gress­ing plans for ex­ten­sion and re­fur­bish­ment works for two com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals in north Cork.

Tim Cur­ren, HSE head of es­tates, has ad­vised Deputy Michael Moyni­han, TD, of plans for the im­prove­ment of com­mu­nity hos­pi­tals in Mill­street and Kan­turk.

The projects, how­ever, are still at the pro­posal stages.

The HSE out­lined the progress on both hos­pi­tals, fol­low­ing con­tin­ued re­quests from the Cork North-West TD.

Mr Cur­ran con­firmed that the pre­lim­i­nary de­sign lay­outs for each hos­pi­tal were com­pleted and that the as­so­ci­ated, ‘Stage 1’ re­ports were be­ing re­viewed by HSE Es­tates.

Mr Cur­ran said the ap­pointed de­sign team was cur­rently col­lat­ing plan­ning-per­mis­sion ap­pli­ca­tion doc­u­ments for both CNUs (com­mu­nity nurs­ing homes).

Mr Cur­ran said it was an­tic­i­pated that the plan­ning-per­mis­sion ap­pli­ca­tion for Kan­turk would be lodged by the end of this year.

He en­vis­aged ten­der doc­u­men­ta­tion for the pro­posed hos­pi­tal works, in the event of plan­ning ap­proval, would is­sue by next sum­mer.

In re­spect of the Mill­street plan, he also said it was an­tic­i­pated that the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion would be lodged early next spring, with ten­der doc­u­men­ta­tion to is­sue by the au­tumn of 2019.

How­ever, Mr Cur­ran said that the es­ti­mated time­lines were sub­ject to de­ci­sion by the plan­ning au­thor­i­ties.

Deputy Moyni­han, mean­while, said he was pleased that progress was be­ing made.

“I have been work­ing hard to pres­sure the Gov­ern­ment, and the HSE, to make progress on th­ese projects,” he said.

“De­lays were ex­pe­ri­enced ear­lier in the process and we can­not al­low any fur­ther de­lays to slow down the works.

“Both hos­pi­tals are very im­por­tant lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties, that are re­lied heav­ily upon by pa­tients and fam­i­lies alike.”

He added: “The pro­posed re­fur­bish­ment works are cru­cial to en­sure a bet­ter qual­ity of care for pa­tients and, as the lo­cal TD, I will con­tinue to fight for the com­ple­tion of th­ese works as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

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