Permanent Secretary visits Southern Trust

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Friday, October 9th, 2015
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The Permanent Secretary to the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Mr Richard Pengelly has paid a visit to the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.
 Mr Richard Pengelly, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health, Social Care and Public Safety on his visit to the Southern Trust with Chair, Roberta Brownlee and Chief Executive (Interim) Paula Clarke.


Mr Richard Pengelly, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health, Social Care and Public Safety on his visit to the Southern Trust with Chair, Roberta Brownlee and Chief Executive (Interim) Paula Clarke

During the visit Mr Pengelly met with staff and heard about some key Trust developments in Paediatrics, Mental Health, Older People’s and Acute Services. Welcoming Mr Pengelly to the Southern Trust, Chief Executive (Interim) Paula Clarke said, “The Southern Trust is committed to continuously improving our services to ensure we deliver safe, high quality care in a caring and compassionate way. “We are delighted to showcase some of our new developments to the Permanent Secretary such as our PARIS Community Information System which, by providing a fuller profile of each patient in a way that can be shared between community and hospital services, is helping to improve safety and avoid patients having to repeat the same information to different teams. “Mr Pengelly also saw how we are making Transforming Your Care a reality through for example, our new Acute Care at Home service which brings a wide range of traditional hospital treatments to patients in their own homes helping to prevent stressful and disruptive Emergency Admissions for many older people and also through our Nurse-led Paediatric Decision Unit which provides a wide range of treatments for children and young people that avoids them having to stay overnight hospital where possible.” The Permanent Secretary was updated on the £14.5 million development of hospital services for children and young people across the area which includes a centralised £7.9m unit for all planned paediatric surgery at Daisy Hill Hospital and a £6.6m new paediatric unit at Craigavon Hospital.

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