The planning application for a new helipad at Cork University Hospital (CUH) will be submitted next week, it has been revealed.
CEO of the South-South West Hospital Group (SSWHG), Gerry O’Dwyer confirmed to local councillor Mary Shields (FF) that the application will follow a required notice in newspapers on Wednesday, November 7.
In a statement to the Echo yesterday, CUH also confirmed that it plans to submit a planning to Cork City Council on Friday, November 9.
CUH previously had a helipad on the roof of the old emergency department but it was closed when the emergency department was redeveloped in 2003.
Helicopters have since been landing with emergency cases at either Cork Airport or Bishopstown GAA pitch where patients then have to be transferred by ambulance to CUH.
Cllr Shields said that, as the major trauma unit for the south, it is vital CUH has a helipad.
“I’m delighted that it’s finally getting to this stage,” she added.
“It’s extremely important for the hospital as well as for the people of Cork and the surrounding areas.
“I’m very pleased that there hasn’t been any incident where the lack of a helipad impacted on the care available to people,” said Cllr Shields.
“It’s important now that we can put this in place as soon as possible so that there is no chance of something like that ever happening.” The SSWHG revealed to the Echo in June that a design team had been established to design the helipad.
Following a review of the plans set out by the design committee, project engineer Kieran Twomey had asked for some minor amendments to be made.
With these amendments nearing completion, a required planning notice will be published in newspapers next Wednesday ahead of the planning application submission on Friday.