‘Daisy Hill Stroke Unit must be maintained’ – Brady

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Saturday, April 20th, 2013
Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady says he has met this week with the Southern Health & Social Care Trust regarding recent reports of the imminent closure of the Stroke Unit at Daisy Hill Hospital.

Speaking to Newry Times, Brady said, “I have received assurances from the Southern Trust Chief Executive this morning that nothing has been decided in relation to the stroke unit at Daisy Hill. 

“It was made clear at today’s meeting that all those who suffer a stroke will present to Daisy Hill Hospital for their initial acute treatment as is currently the case. At the moment follow up care and rehabilitation is administered at Daisy Hill and it is my hope that this will continue to be the case. 

“Staff must be consulted on any changes to how long term care is delivered and I contend that this should continue to be located within Daisy Hill.

“I have spoken to a number of staff in Daisy Hill and I know that those working in the stroke unit are very angry that information regarding potential changes was leaked to the media prior to them being informed.I know that their Union representatives are also involved in this process.

“I feel that it is unhelpful for inaccurate and negative information about the hospital to be circulated simply to generate headlines.This impairs the hospital’s ability to recruit and retain the highest calibre of staff and creates confusion and uncertainty among the public.”

Brady also used the meeting to raise other issues with the Southern Trust. He added, “I also pressed the Southern Trust representatives on the upgrade of accident and emergency in Daisy Hill which has tripled in size. 

“This enhanced facility must now be complemented with additional staff and adequate beds throughout the hospital to deal with increased patient numbers.”

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