Rogers opposes stroke services reorganisation

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South Down SDLP MLA Seán Rogers has spoken out in response to the Southern Trust’s plans to reorganize the inpatient stroke services.

Rogers said, “Full and proper rehabilitation following a stroke is imperative. A stroke can be, at its worst, lethal but can also lead to widespread and long-lasting damage.

“However with timely and appropriate rehabilitation people can make a full recovery regaining total independence. I believe that such a recovery is linked to a localised rehabilitation centre with the appropriate team of specialists working for the greater good of the patient.

“The damage that a stroke causes to your brain can impact on many aspects of your life and well being and you could need access to a range of specialists such as physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and specialist nurses and doctors.

Rogers added, “I believe centralising this service to the likes of Craiagavon is unacceptable and in no way appropriate. I represent South Down however I am from Mourne and to think that a resident from Kilkeel would have to travel an 80 mile round trip to Craigavon could in no way be beneficial to the patient. By the time they reached the destination they would be exhausted.”


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