THE Health Service Executive has reiterated its position on the Emergency Department (ED) at Mallow General Hospital and insists there are no plans to re-open it.
Councillor Pat Hayes raised the issue at the Regional Health Forum but was told that the Local Injury Unit and Medical Assessment Unit will continue to operate as normal.
These units were introduced to replace the full operation of an A&E.
Cllr Hayes said that traveling to Cork takes too much time in certain situations, and questioned whether it would make more sense to be able to travel to the nearest hospital in a heart attack or head injury situation.
“Where it’s situated it’s a very good location for an emergency department,” Cllr Hayes said.
Dr Ger O’Callaghan, Interim Chief Executive Officer at Cork University Hospital Group, said: “There are no plans at the moment to go back on that decision that was taken a couple of years ago. The local injuries unit in Mallow works exceptionally well.
"The type of patient that they're dealing with now is the type of patient they should be seeing.
"I would respectfully say that if you were in an emergency situation you want the best people. If you have a head injury you want a neurosurgeon, you want the cardiologists. That’s why the decision was taken that Cork was the place to go for these patients,” he added.
“I’ve heard no disagreement in recent years in relation to that decision. The patients automatically now are going to Cork.
"I would say it’s working exceptionally well. There’s a great future for Mallow developing the way it is,” Dr O’Callaghan concluded.