£9.1m Trust application for Paediatric Services welcomed

February 17, 2014

Sinn Féin group leader on Newry and Mourne Council, Charlie Casey, has described as ‘very significant’ news that the Southern Trust has recently submitted a business case valued at £9.1 million to the Health Department to improve paediatric services at Daisy Hill hospital.

Councillor Casey says that if approved, the move will drastically improve paediatric services at Daisy Hill: “If successful this will mean an increase of 19 beds and additional ambulatory and outpatient services.  Most importantly plans include the development of a dedicated paediatric theatre at Daisy Hill,” he said.

The case also includes a bid for £6.6 million for Craigavon Area Hospital, Councillor Casey revealed.

His colleague, Mickey Brady MLA, added: “I see this as a fantastic development for Daisy Hill and Craigavon and I hope that this bid is successful.  This investment in the local health estate would mean world class services for the children of the district and it will further cement Daisy Hill’s position as a centre of excellence.  As a member of the Assembly’s Health Committee I am fully dedicated to the continuous development of Daisy Hill Hospital.”