Daisy Hill Hospital visited by local SDLP MLA’s

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Friday, August 30th, 2013
SDLP MLA’s Karen McKevitt and Dominic Bradley availed of an opportunity to visit Daisy Hill Hospital this week to see first-hand the recently refurbished facilities and the new theatre area that is under construction at present. During this visit the representatives met with Mairead McAlinden, Chief Executive, Eileen Murray Head of Service, along with consultants and nurses to discuss the range of services currently provided in Daisy Hill, the level of investment in the hospital and the provision of advanced technology available to hospital staff in order to improve the level of treatment and care received by patients.

SDLP MLAs Karen McKevitt and Dominic Bradley

The MLA’s also met with the architects for the new future-proofed theatres that are currently under construction. Speaking to Newry Times, McKevitt said “The SDLP believe that It is important for political representatives to meet with hospital staff and senior management to ensure the people of Newry, Mourne and Armagh have access to a high quality health service. “I am impressed with the services and significant level of advanced technology available to the hospital to improve patient treatment. “During our visit Dr Neal Morgan and Vicky Toner kindly demonstrated the workings of a new system called Renal Patient View which aims to provide online information about renal patients’ diagnosis, treatment, and their latest test results. McKevitt added, “This advancement will not only improve communication between patients and hospital staff but will give patients greater input with their condition which is extremely important. “I hope to see many more projects like this in our local health trust in the future.” Dominic Bradley echoed McKevitt’s sentiments. He stated, “There has been a good level of investment in Daisy Hill Hospital over the last number of years with the development of a state of the art High Dependency unit, a new Rapid Access Clinic and Day Clinical Centre. “Construction work has commenced for brand new theatres which I am told will be some of the best on the island. The new theatres will be functioning by early next year and the new Accident and Emergency department should be completed and opened within the next number of weeks. “I also took the opportunity to raise the issue of the repairs to the hydro-therapy pool dressing rooms which is at present preventing the use of the pool. I asked that this work be undertaken without further delay as the pool has been out of use for over a year,” he added.
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