Call for a “Home to Hospital” Scheme

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Friday, June 21st, 2019
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Following on from the recent Slieve Gullion District Electoral Area (DEA) meeting Sinn Féin Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has called on the Public Health Agency (PHA) to fund a pilot Home to Hospital Scheme in the South Armagh area.

The local Councillor explained, “For several years a home to hospital service has been running in the Mournes and has been hugely successful.

 

 

“As a result of this funded scheme, the number of missed hospital appointments for patients in the Mournes area has fallen dramatically. I have no doubt that the same result would apply if we had access to this service in south Armagh.”

The Sinn Féin representative continued, “For those of us living in rural areas the continued centralisation of services and failure to invest in public transport and infrastructure has left many at a huge disadvantage, with health care provision difficult and expensive to access.

 

 

“Often we as elected representatives hear from consistuents that the struggle to cover the cost travel to hospital appointments, many, especially our older residents, feel that their need to rely heavily on family or neighbour support to ferry them to and from hospital makes them a burden.

She added, “I have asked that council officials contact the PHA to open discussions on how we can move forward with this scheme.”

 

 

 

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