Published on July 10th, 2016 | by Gabriel Desmond


New Helipad for CUH – again?

You’ve heard this before but it is again reported that plans are under way for the restoration of a permanent helipad within Cork University Hospital (CUH)  and that planning permission will soon be sought for a pad near Wilton Road which is now used as a car park. Any site must be suited to the Air Corps AW139s and the much bigger Sikorsky S92s of Irish Coast Guard. Currently they have to use the green areas of Bishopstown GAA Club and the Air Corps have also used a nearby private site when that is not available.


Irish Coast Guard regularly use Bishopstown GAA which involves a five minute ambulance transfer to CUH.


Players at Bishopstown GAA are used to vacating the pitch for an approaching helicopter with a patient for nearby CUH.


Bishopstown is used day and night in good weather. Otherwise Cork Airport is used but this involves at least a fifteen minute road ambulance transfer to CUH.

Words and photos by Gabriel Desmond.

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Cork based Gabriel Desmond has been documenting aviation in Ireland and around the world for over 50 years. A regular contributor to Flying in Ireland, his photographs and articles have been used in a wide range of aviation publications as well as news and corporate media

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