Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Newry MLA calls for reopening of Daisy Hill Hospital’s A&E services

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Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has said that there is a growing demand for Accident and Emergency services at Daisy Hill Hospital to be restored.

The local MLA confirmed that she had written to the Chief Executive of the Southern Trust asking him to restore the service.

 

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“I contacted the Southern Health Trust in relation to the temporary closure of A&E at Daisy Hill Hospital,” she told Newry Times.

“It is my understanding that the Department for Health has advised that the Health Trusts can now consider the restoration of services.

 

 

“In my letter, I sought an update from the Trust as to what this will mean for Daisy Hill.”

The Newry and Armagh MLA continued, “The repurposing of the A&E during this Covid-19 crisis has initially caused serious concerns throughout the community.

“The Trust provided assurances that this would be a temporary measure and would not be for any longer than necessary as we faced this pandemic.

 

 

“I now believe it is time to review the current arrangements.

“As we see, the ‘Nightingale’ hospitals have been stood down, and I believe it would serve the best interests of all to reopen Accident & Emergency at Daisy Hill as soon as practically possible,” the Newry MLA added.

 

 

 

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