Plans to expand the oncology department at Kerry General Hospital are progressing according to the Health Service Executive.
Hospital management says it acknowledges that the existing space for oncology services is no longer fit for purpose.
In correspondence to Independent TD Tom Fleming, general manager of Kerry General Hospital, TJ O’Connor said that they have accepted for some time that the space allocated to oncology services needs to be revamped.
He said that the service has grown exponentially in recent years.
In 2013, it was decided to assign additional space within the hospital to the oncology service once the hospital’s laboratory was relocated.
That relocation has taken longer than anticipated but it is expected to take place over the next nine months.
A design team is working on the space that is required for the new oncology unit and the plans will be submitted for consideration under the HSE’s 2016 Capital Programme.