Urgent care services discussed at public event

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
A public engagement event has taken place to discuss Urgent Care services across the five district council areas of Armagh, Newry and Mourne, Craigavon, Banbridge, Dungannon and South Tyrone.

Pictured at the Urgent Care public engagement event in Lurgan were from left: Rosemary Murray, Barnardos; Sheelin McKeagney, Community Pharmacist and Chair of the Southern Local Commissioning Group; Sam Gibson, Sixth Sense; Jim Kerr, South Tyrone Community Forum and Lyn Donnelly, Health and Social Care Board

The event, held in Lurgan recently, was organised by the Southern Local Commissioning Group (a committee of the Health and Social Care Board). Members of the public, elected representatives and individuals and groups from the community and voluntary sector were invited to come along to hear and share their views about the current range of urgent care services available across the Southern area. Hosting the event, Chair of the Southern Local Commissioning Group (LCG), Sheelin McKeagney welcomed those who attended, “I’m delighted that so many of you have taken time to come along to hear first-hand about the Urgent Care services available across the Southern area. “It is also really important for us as commissioners of these local services that we listen to your views and experiences of using urgent care services such as GP out of Hours, Minor Injury Units, Community Pharmacies and Emergency Departments.” Speaking at the event, Mary Burke, Head of Service for Medicine and Unscheduled Care from the Southern Heath and Social Care Trust explained in detail the range of services provided by the Southern Trust, highlighting their usage and the challenges faced on a daily basis. Also presenting was Dr Alan Evans, Clinical Lead with the Health and Social Care Board, who highlighted how the five GP Out of Hours services operate across the Southern Area and how the public can make best use of the service to help reduce pressures. Valerie Dale from Stroke Association added: “As an organisation providing information, advice and support to stroke survivors, I found the event very useful. I am now more informed about how and when to use urgent care services and can transfer this information into the communities that I work in.” An evaluation report on the engagement event will be made public on the Health and Social Care Board’s website at www.hscboard.hscni.net/slcg in the coming weeks. For more information on how to choose the right urgent care service for you when needed visit: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/choosewell or view; www.youtube.com/user/hscboard
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