‘Restoration of Daisy Hill Emergency Department is essential’ – Newry MLA Liz Kimmins

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Friday, June 26th, 2020
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Newry and Armagh MLA Liz Kimmins has welcomed the recent statement from the Daisy Hill Pathfinder Forum who said they are working towards the collective goal of having the Emergency Department at Daisy Hill Hospital reopened by September 2020.

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Speaking to Newry Times, Newry and Armagh MLA Liz Kimmins said, “This statement from the Pathfinder Group is welcome and brings further clarity to the situation.

 

 

“I commend the Forum and all involved for their work and ongoing commitment.”

The Sinn Féin MLA urged that the immediate restoration of Daisy Hill’s Emergency Department happens as soon as possible.

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“The absence of Emergency Department Services in Daisy Hill Newry continues to cause huge concern,” she continued.

“The reopening of our sports grounds and the playing of games will further compound these concerns.”

The Newry MLA continued, “One local hurling club official I talked to voiced his genuine worries that a player who received an injury during a game would have to travel to Craigavon Hospital to access medical treatment.

 

 

“This potentially has serious implications,” she insisted.

“Sporting Bodies have worked hard to make their games safer but ultimately there will always be injuries, and the absence of an Emergency Department in Daisy Hill will bring further pressure on Craigavon Hospital staff and Ambulance services.”

Liz added, “As a local MLA, and as a citizen of Newry, the restoration of services and subsequent expansion of Daisy Hill Hospital is a key priority for me, and for my Sinn Féin colleagues.

 

 

“We will work with all agencies and stakeholders to ensure this is done safely, promptly and professionally.”

 

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