Three sites earmarked for new Cork hospital; Report sent to Minister for Health

Three sites earmarked for new Cork hospital; Report sent to Minister for Health
The docklands is one of the locations listed for a new elective hospital in Cork city.

The Cork Docklands, Sarsfield Road and Curraheen are all possible sites earmarked for a new hospital in Cork.

The new elective-only hospital will be aimed at reducing the number of people on waiting lists for procedures and will deal only with elective surgery and appointments.

A report has been sent to the Minister for Health highlighting several sites on which the new hospital could be located.

It is understood that the report includes information on several possible sites including ones at Curraheen, Sarsfield Road, the Docklands and a site near Cork University Hospital.

The report also examined the possibility of extending campuses at the South Infirmary and Mercy Hospital or St Mary’s Health Campus in a bid to integrate the new hospital.

The Slaintecare Action Plan for 2019 had set out the expectation that a site for the new elective hospital would be selected by the end of this year.

A site near Cork University Hospital will also bne considered.
A site near Cork University Hospital will also bne considered.

The Echo understands that the committee tasked with selecting the site has now sent a report to Health Minister Simon Harris which contains a number of possible sites.

Cork Senator Colm Burke (FG) said: “They’ve gone through several sites but I think there could be other potential sites out there that have not been identified yet.

“I would like to see greater consultation with the city and county councils as well as the public here in Cork on the issue," he said.

“If that is required, it should be done at the earliest possible date,” he added.

“We know the obvious ones, Sarsfield Court, Curraheen.

“There are a number of sites in the frame but the city and county councils must be involved and they might have sites that they deem suitable for the development.

“Then people can’t come along after and say this was all done behind closed doors.

It is understood that the HSE could make a recommendation to the Minister without engaging in such a consultation process.

“The report deals with the existing sites that have been openly discussed in the public domain,” said Senator Burke.

“But there may be more suitable sites out there.

“We need to ensure that we’re dealing with issues such as long term planning and access.” 

Senator Burke said that the project must progress as, with design and planning to commence, it could be at least two years before ground is broken.


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