A planning application seeking to build a major extension to Cork University Hospital’s paediatric department has been lodged with Cork City Council.
If approved, the development would consist of a five-storey extension to the hospital’s existing children’s unit, creating 83 new inpatient rooms.
New high dependency units, palliative care suites, haemotology bed spaces, procedure rooms, operating theatres and diagnostic facilities would also be created.
The application, which was received late last month, was lodged by the HSE South.
“The development will contain ancillary healthcare staff facilities, plant and storage for the operation of the unit,” a description of the proposed development reads.
Plans for a major overhaul of the department, which was built in 1978, were revealed towards the end of 2020.
Phase one saw the installation of dedicated paediatric outpatient accommodation in the hospital, while 74 replacement beds, four high dependency units, three paediatric operating theatres and a dedicated paediatric procedure room were originally planned for the next two phases.
The HSE’s national director for capital and estates, Jim Curran, told Cork North Central Sinn Féin TD Thomas Gould that he expects phases two and three to cost around €75m to €85m.
Speaking to therecently, Cork GP Dr Paul O’Sullivan described the proposed development as a “shot in the arm” for paediatrics in the Munster region.
“GPs would have close contact with paeds colleagues and are aware of how stretched and under pressure the service is,” he said.
A decision on the application is due February 21.