Surge in demand at Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital “demonstrates need for protection of services”

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Monday, January 11th, 2021
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Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has described as ‘deeply concerning’ the images circulating online of ambulances queued outside Daisy Hill Hospital during the night of Saturday 9 January.

 

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The South Armagh representative said, “The sight of ambulances queued up outside the Emergency Department at Daisy Hill Hospital is very concerning.

 

 

“Unfortunately, additional pandemic related pressure placed on an already stretched health service has led to similar scenes in other areas.”

He continued, “The heads of the north’s health trusts have issued a joint call on the increasing pressure, warning of staffing levels, longer waiting times and the cancellation of elective surgery.

“On top of this, individual trusts have appealed to off-duty staff members to come in to help them deal with the staffing pressures.

 

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“The immediate message to people remains, stay at home, stay safe and do not make any unnecessary journeys,” he urged.

“This is the only way in which we can relieve pressure on the NHS and on frontline staff.”

His Sinn Féin colleague, Newry and Armagh MLA Liz Kimmins, also expressed her concern.

“Frontline workers have been magnificent throughout Covid 19,” she commented.

 

 

“And it is paramount that we all take personal responsibility at this time for making sure we do everything possible not to add to their workload.

“In addition, this situation highlights the fact that Daisy Hill Hospital is an absolutely vital resource for the area.

“The hospital needs to be fully resourced and protected into the future.

“This includes the development and expansion of services post-pandemic and securing the power supply to the hospital.

“The message to the public is clear, Stay at Home unless it is necessary to leave for essential purposes.

“Of course anyone needing to access urgent or emergency healthcare should not hesitate to do so (or call 999).

 

 

She added, “The Health Minister also needs to urgently set out plans to deal with the increased pressures and to support the health workers who have been working so hard to keep people safe and save lives.”

 

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