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‘Urgent’ need for new CT scanner in Daisy Hill

There exists an urgent need for a new CT Scanner in Daisy Hill Hospital after reports that the current machine had been rendered out of service twice within a recent short period, The Examiner has learned.

MP Mickey Brady made the claim following a meeting with the Chief Executive and management of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.  He has called for capital funding to be made available to purchase a new scanner for the hospital “as a matter of urgency”.

Mr Brady said: “The age, condition and effectiveness of the current machine is a cause of great concern and I am aware that it recently broke down again.

“Daisy Hill Acute Hospital, Newry city is in the largest locality in the Southern Trust in Newry & Mourne, and also provides for the wider catchment population which also includes south Armagh and south Down.  It is essential that to ensure that the objectives of ‘increasing capacity to meet future demand and to further improve quality and safety’ are met, that investment and funding for new, up to date major CT and MRI scanning equipment is made available as a matter of urgency.”

The MP said he has raised his concerns with the Southern Trust, and added: “The issue of investment in all vital imaging services and equipment to be provided for Daisy  Hill Acute Hospital has also been raised by staff, patient groups and hospital support groups. It is important that our voices are heard and action taken.”