‘Proposal to locate Hyper-Acute Unit in Craigavon doesn’t make sense’ – Newry MP

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Monday, May 13th, 2019
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Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady has said that the proposal to locate the Hyper-Acute Unit in Craigavon doesn’t make senses and that any plans to reshape Stroke Services must be carried out in a regionally balanced way, in partnership with those who use and deliver services and with the objective of improved health outcomes for patients at its heart.

He was commenting after attending a “Reshaping Stroke Services Engagement” facilitated by The Stroke Association NI at the Long Gallery in Stormont.

 

 

Those present at the event listened to presentations from Dr Michael McBride (Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health), Dr Angus Ramsey (University College London), Brenda Maguire (Stroke Association) and Neil Johnson (NI Chest Heart & Stroke).

The Sinn Féin MP said, “The proposal to locate the Hyper-Acute Unit in Craigavon doesn’t make sense.

“Craigavon catchment area is 15/20 minutes from the  Royal Hospital in Belfast whilst Daisy Hill serves an isolated population in South Armagh/South Down. The location of Daisy Hill could also ensure services are available on a cross border basis.

 

 

“I once again raised the issue of access to vital services in a largely rural and peripheral region with poor infrastructure and public transport links with those present.

“The proposal of a limited number of Hyper-Acute units doesn’t recognise the reality of conditions in areas such as this.”

The MP, who attended the meeting as part of a wider Sinn Féin delegation, added, “Planned improvements to the Ambulance Service are welcome but we are dealing with the reality of what is available now.

“I would encourage all to get involved and have your say by responding to the public consultation, which closes on 19 July.”

 

 


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