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Trust hire new ED consultant

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A NEW consultant has been appointed for the Emergency Department (ED) at Daisy Hill Hospital.

The appointment process was supported as part of the regional approach to securing the ED and is an important first step in the long term plan for the service, explained a spokesperson for the Southern Trust.

The new consultant will be based in Daisy Hill Hospital, with one day per week working in Craigavon Area Hospital.

Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty welcomed the news after it was confirmed by Dr Anne-Marie Telford, Chair of the Daisy Hill Hospital Pathfinder Group.

"Emergency Departments across these islands have continued to experience difficulties in recruiting emergency doctors and consultants but I firmly believe that Daisy Hill is one of the most appealing places to work with its position on the eastern economic corridor and access to Belfast and Dublin and the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty of Gullion and Mourne," said the SDLP representative.

"Daisy Hill ED has very strong support from the local community with people power playing a big part in encouraging the Trust to act to recruit and appoint suitably qualified medics.

"Huge credit must also go to the Daisy Hill Action Group and The Newry Chamber of Commerce for their efforts to assist the Trust in the recruitment process.

"I also want to acknowledge the very positive role the local community have played in getting to this stage.

"Their very strong support for Daisy Hill hasn't gone unnoticed by the Southern Trust and I believe that their huge support for the Emergency Department played a significant role in Dr Telford and her team being appointed in the first place."

An update on the Daisy Hill Hospital Pathfinder Group will be provided this Thursday (November 30) by Dr Telford at the Trust Board meeting in Craigavon.

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