‘Dignity needed for incontinence sufferers’ – Ruane
Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has called on the Southern Trust to deliver incontinence pads to the homes of those affected by the condition.
Speaking to Newry Times, Ruane said, “It has been brought to my attention that elderly and disabled people who require incontinence pads are forced to queue outside a shipping container next to a clinic in order to acquire the pads.
“Apart from the indignity this causes, the vast majority of patients are elderly or infirm and are forced to stand outside open to the elements.
“One elderly lady told me of how she was in a queue of over 30 people while waiting to collect her pads and the embarrassment this caused. She also said how she caught a flu like virus from standing in the cold.
“I have raised this issue with the Health Board and they assured me that it would be resolved but I find that so far nothing has been done to address the issue.
“I am now calling on the Southern Health Board to follow the example of other boards and deliver the pads directly to the homes of people needing them or allow them to be collect from the local pharmacy.
Ruane added, “Not only would this afford people suffering from the condition some dignity but would also protect them from the elements and flu and cold virus which can be deadly to the elderly and infirm.”
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