Cork North West Fine Gael General Election candidate Councillor John Paul O’Shea has this week welcomed an application by the HSE for planning permission to completely refurbish and extend Kanturk Community Hospital.
The planning application submitted by the HSE to Cork County Council this week consists of the following developments at the Hospital site:
Permission for construction of;
a) a new single-storey extension, to the existing community hospital, consisting of 31no. single residents bedrooms with en-suite, treatment room, sitting room, dining room, relative’s family room with en-suite, visitors room, nurses station, toilets, store rooms & other associated ancillary accommodation
b) a new single-storey extension, to the existing community hospital, consisting 1 no. laundry store
c) a new single-storey extension, to the existing community hospital, consisting of a dry goods store room and kitchen staff shower and WC.
Permission is also sought for;
a) internal alterations & elevational treatments to the existing community hospital
b) replacement of main entrance access ramp
Permission for the demolition of;
a) 1 no. single-storey accommodation extension to the existing community hospital
b) 1 no. two storey ‘Ambulance Base’ building and associated gas tank, concrete bund, lean-to ambulance parking bay, 2 no. ambulance charging points, gas bottle store and clinical store located to the east of the existing community hospital
c) 1 no. prefabricated store building located to the east of the existing hospital; 3) Permission for the removal of existing trees to suit new site layout
Permission for altered entrance to provide new pedestrian link to the public footpath;
Permission is also sought for the provision
a)1 no. external waste management enclosure
b) 2 no. semi mounted LPG tanks
c) 0.5m high gas dispersion wall
d) under-ground attenuation tank
e) 2.1m high powder coated steel fence enclosure containing new oil tank and generator with associated concrete plinth
f) 3 no. air to water heat pumps
g) ESB Unit Sub
h) site lighting
i) reconfiguring of existing service road to suit new layout
j) general upgrade of landscaped areas including the provision of a landscaped outdoor amenity ‘wandering route’ pathway & reconfiguring and extending of car parking facilities, along will all associated ancillary site services.
In welcoming the developments for Kanturk Community Hospital, Cllr. O’Shea said “Today very much marks a new era for healthcare in Kanturk with planning permission no submitted for its refurbishment and extension. With the new extension and refurbishment, this will increase the number of beds in Kanturk Community Hospital to 43 beds. I am also very pleased to say that in planning this development, the HSE has future proofed the site so as to extend the total number of beds at the Hospital to 77 beds into the future. This provision of care for the older person in our community is very much a welcomed one for Kanturk & Duhallow”.
In October 2018, Cllr. O’Shea hosted a visit by Minister of State with responsibility for Older People, Jim Daly, TD to Kanturk and Milstreet Community Hospitals. The Minister and Cllr. O’Shea met with management of the Hospitals along with senior management from the HSE and received a full briefing on the refurbishment of both hospitals. The Minister was given a full tour of both Hospitals and met with staff and residents during his visit.
Cllr. O’Shea added “It is wonderful news now to see both Millstreet & Kanturk Community Hospitals now progressing in developing new and refurbished facilities. Both Hospitals plays an integral role in the care of the elderly in the community and it is important that the quality of the service shown by staff at the Hospitals is matched by the quality of the infrastructure and facilities at the Hospitals.
“I know first-hand the outstanding level of care that is shown to residents at Kanturk Community Hospital by staff. Their work provides a vital service to people in communities across North Cork. I now look forward to this application being approved, the project going out to tender and the construction phase of the project commencing thereafter,” said Cllr. O’Shea.