‘Southern Trust should invest and develop Daisy Hill Stroke Unit’ – Brady

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Monday, November 17th, 2014
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Sinn Féin have said that it is imperative that the Southern Trust continue to invest in and develop the Stroke Unit in Daisy Hill Hospital Newry.

Daisy Hill Hospital

The party was speaking in response to a Southern Trust Consultation on Stroke Services which closed on Friday past, which would result in the provision of increased rapid access to specialist investigation and treatment to all on a regional basis. Newry & Armagh MLA Mickey Brady said, “Proposals by the Trust to close the Stroke Unit do not stack up. Daisy Hill Hospital already provides the best stroke service in the north. This is evidenced by the fact that in 2011/2012 the average length of stay for stroke patients at Daisy Hill was 17 days whereas at Craigavon Hospital it was 47 days. “On value for money alone and provision of service the Daisy Hill Unit delivers. The Trust should further invest in and develop the Stroke Unit in Daisy Hill which would result in the provision of increased rapid access to specialist investigation and treatment to all on a regional basis.” His colleague Newry & Mourne Councillor Mickey Larkin echoed Brady’s sentiments. “Sinn Féin wants to see the best possible outcomes for Stroke patients following their hospital treatment. “We have spoken to families whose loved ones have suffered strokes and they are telling us that the service provided at Daisy Hill is second to none. “They have also said that a move of services to Craigavon would be extremely traumatic for stroke patient and would make it unworkable for families to fully support their loved ones,” he added.

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