Bradley meets Health Trust chief over Daisy Hill

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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
SDLP Assembly Member Dominic Bradley has held an urgent meeting with the Chief Executive of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust to discuss stroke services and on-going pressures on beds at Daisy Hill Hospital. Speaking after meeting Mrs McAlinden and her top team, Bradley said, “I met recently with Mrs McAlinden and some of her most senior staff to discuss possible changes to the stroke services at Daisy Hill. Staff had contacted me to express their concern over the future of stroke services at Daisy Hill. “I recognise that there are very strong feelings around this issue. I have sought to have those concerns addressed. The Trust have committed to on-going engagement with clinical and nursing staff on stroke services and when this process is complete a further public consultation will take place. “The SDLP has worked hard to keep services in Daisy Hill over the years and we will continue to do so. Also during our meeting I raised concerns about the very serious bed shortage in Daisy Hill, having been contacted by families who seen their loved one wait for hours on trollies in corridors whilst the Emergency Department was over stretched. “The Trust have assured me that they are doing everything possible to cope with a rise in admissions to the point where their supply of ‘bank staff’ is completely exhausted. Bradley added, “Over recent years there has been a growing unease over the Trust’s real plans for the future of Daisy Hill. I welcome the substantial capital investment which has been on-going on the site, including the expansion of the Emergency Department, wards renovated and the current redevelopment of the theatres at the hospital as well. “The Minister and the Department have accepted that Daisy Hill will remain as an acute hospital and now I want to see a concerted effort by the Trust to expand the services offered at Daisy Hill and I will continue to push the Minister and the Chief Executive to ensure this happens.”
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