Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South Central, Micheál Martin, has called for a minor injury unit to be retained at the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital.
At a meeting with the HSE today (Friday), it was confirmed that the Accident and Emergency at the hospital will close fully on July 29.
Deputy Martin commented: “The closure of the Accident and Emergency and the re-organisation of acute hospital services at the South Infirmary has been known for a while, and this morning it was confirmed that this will in fact happen on Sunday 29 July.
“The Accident and Emergency service will be transferred to the CUH but I am calling for the retention of a minor injury unit. This would be able to deal with injury or illnesses that are not an emergency and therefore take some of the pressure off the already stretched service at the CUH. It would also leave the people of Douglas, Ballinlough, Turners Cross and surrounding areas with a facility available to them for minor injury and illnesses.
“It would also benefit patients, who may be forced to wait hours for a simple procedure or treatment. With the minor injury clinic in place, patients who are in need of emergency treatment will be seen quicker and the waiting hours will be reduced.
“I am calling on the HSE to consider opening a minor injury unit to service the area and reduce the pressure on the CUH.”