Public urged to oppose “stripping away” of Daisy Hill Stroke Unit

June 23, 2014

SDLP Newry and Mourne MLA Dominic Bradley has urged those against plans to reduce services at the Stroke Unit at Daisy Hill Hospital to place their feelings on record through a consultation into the matter which is set to run until 31 October this year.

“The Stroke Unit at Daisy Hill is an excellent model of stroke care, which provides a seamless service to patients served by the hospital in the Newry area and beyond, as far away as Crossmaglen and Annalong” said Mr Bradley.

He said staff at the Unit were highly regarded by those in need of care and their loved ones and called for the Unit to be enhanced with additional medical staff and new equipment rather than “stripping away at services” and moving the vital service to Craigavon.

“Daisy Hill has all that’s needed to become the centre of excellence for stroke services” he said,

“Any move to Craigavon will disadvantage people in the Newry and Mourne area, and beyond.”

“The SDLP has fought for years to protect services at Daisy Hill, and we will continue to oppose any diminution of stroke services at Daisy Hill.

“I urge people to participate in the Trust’s consultation on the proposed plan and to place on record their emphatic opposition to the move that will only weaken the services provided by the stroke unit in Daisy Hill.  We must help ensure that the consultation exercise is not simply a fait accompli and that the Trust listens to the people of this area.”

The Southern Trust consultation on ‘Modernisation of Stroke Services in SHSCT’ runs from 12 June to 31 October 2014.