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Kids dental surgery transferring to Daisy Hill

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

DUNGANNON'S South Tyrone Hospital will see its weekly children's dental surgery transferred to Daisy Hill Hospital early next year, the Southern Trust has confirmed.

A spokesperson for the Trust also confirmed that the "small number" of children's ear, nose and throat (ENT) operations carried out at the Dungannon hospital, as part of the main ENT list, will also be transferred to Daisy Hill.

The cost of the new paediatric developments at Craigavon Area Hospital and Daisy Hill are set to cost the Trust 15 million and it is understood that these changes are set to affect around 30 children who would have otherwise attended South Tyrone Hospital.

Explaining the decision to remove the children's dental surgery and ENT services from South Tyrone Hospital, a spokesperson for the Trust said: "The Southern Health and Social Care Trust carried out a major consultation on children's [paediatric] hospital services in 2010.

"The consultation looked at how to provide better and safer care for children, and how to best meet the standards of care for paediatric surgery.

"The Trust currently provides paediatric surgery in three main areas - general surgery, ENT and dental services.

"Under 'Changing for Children', the majority of planned paediatric surgery will take place in Daisy Hill Hospital, in a purpose-built unit, which includes a theatre suite. This unit is currently under construction within the main block on the Daisy Hill site.

"Emergency of unplanned surgery will be primarily carried out in Craigavon Hospital. A new children's unit is currently being built on the site.

"Children's out-patient services, and ambulatory paediatric services will remain in South Tyrone."

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