A STRATEGIC plan for Glanmire’s St Stephen’s Hospital is close to being finalised and its contents may indicate if it is considered as a location for Cork’s proposed elective hospital.
Councillors in City Hall last month threw their backing behind calls to establish a new city hospital on the site at Sarsfield Court rather than Curraheen.
Councillors have urged the HSE to avoid Curraheen due to its proximity to Wilton and Bishopstown and traffic gridlock in the area.
The Glanmire site’s proximity to the M8 and its position to the north of Cork city have been cited as reasons for its consideration.
The campus is currently home to an acute mental health unit, an Alzheimers Unit, long-stay mental health units, and administrative and support facilities. Child and Family Agency Tusla also has a presence on the site.
A site for the new Cork hospital is expected to be selected soon but no indication has been given by the Government as to where it could be situated.
Curraheen has been looked at by the HSE as a possible location but the docklands and St Stephen’s Hospital in Glanmire are also possibilities.
It is understood that the HSE would need a site at least 50 acres in size but would prefer 100 acres.
On foot of a letter being written by the council to the HSE, the health executive has now confirmed that plans for St Stephen’s are close to being completed.
A spokesperson for the HSE said: “The range of public health services proposed to be delivered from the campus, which is an essential component in formulating the strategic plan, is still being finalised by the Health Service. On finalisation of the public health services proposed to be delivered from this campus, the strategic plan can then be confirmed and issued.”
Councillor Ger Keohane (IND), who has long campaigned for the hospital to be on the site of St Stephen’s said: “It’s a no brainer as St Stephen’s Hospital is on 170 acres. It’s half a mile off the motorway and could service Blackpool, the Glen, Mayfield and Glanmire. The minister should tour the site."
"The amount of derelict buildings on the site is frightening. Investing money into the site would reduce the amount of people on trolleys in the other hospitals.”