Dialysis unit gets go-ahead

LIMERICK County Council yesterday granted planning permission for a kidney dialysis unit at a retail park.

A Co Cork solicitor and his wife had lodged an objection to the proposal.

Fresenius Medical Care Ltd, the world leader in renal dialysis, secured a multi-million contract from the HSE to provide a unit in Limerick which could cater for up to 60 patients.

Currently, about 20 patients from the Limerick area requiring dialysis have to travel three times a week to Galway as the renal dialysis unit at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital has limited capacity.

Mallow solicitor Philip Comyn, of the law firm O’Connor, Dudley & Comyn, lodged an objection. It was filed with Limerick Co Council’s planning section on April 23 in the name of Hookford Ltd a company in which Mr Comyn and his wife are the sole directors.

In their objection they stated the site at Riverside Retail Park on Limerick’s Dock Road was not designated as suitable for medical facilities. They also advised facilities such as that proposed by Fresenius Medical Care Ltd were best co-located on a health care campus or on an individual dedicated site. They also cited inadequate sewerage facilities on the site.

An appeal can be lodged within four weeks.

The Limerick branch of the Irish Kidney Association had also expressed concern the opening of additional dialysis facilities could be delayed due to planning difficulties.


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