HSE still plans to upgrade hospitals
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.”