Shoppers' chance to respond to 'flawed' stroke consultation

Michael Scott

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Michael Scott

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michael.scott@newrydemocrat.com

SHOPPERS will be asked to pledge their support to Daisy Hill's stroke services during a day of action this coming Saturday.

The Support Our Stroke Services Committee, appointed at a recent Public Meeting, have developed a strategy and action plan to combat the proposed closure of the Stroke Unit.

If the Daisy Hill Hospital Stoke Unit is closed anyone suffering a stroke in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area will have to travel to Craigavon Area Hospital to receive their treatment.

A spokesperson said that this proposal will have a detrimental impact on anyone from our district who suffers a stroke as they will fail to avail of immediate treatment within the recommended ‘golden hour’.

“The Committee firmly believe the Consultation document prepared by the Department of Health is flawed and failed to consider all options available and did not investigate a possible North/South option similar to the very successful Renal Service which is managed by Daisy Hill Hospital and provides renal services for patients in both North and South of Ireland.”

To facilitate the residents of the district, the Committee has secured the support of a large number of shopping centres and supermarkets, who have agreed to their facilities being used on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9am to 5pm to allow people to sign a draft consultation reply to what they call the “flawed” review of stroke services consultation document.

The participating supermarkets on Saturday are:

Buttercrane Shopping Centre, Newry.

The Quay’s Shopping Centre

SuperValu, Hill Street, Newry

SuperValu, Dublin Road, Newry

Hughes Shopping Centre, Camlough

EuroSpar, Warrenpoint

Vivo Extra, Upper Dromore Road, Warrenpoint.

Fresh Food Centre, Church Street, Warrenpoint.

Other supermarkets and shopping centres throughout the district have also offered their support and details of these additional consultation days will be publicly advertised in the near future to include Crossmaglen, Kilkeel, Rathfriland, Newcastle, Cloughogue, Mayobridge etc.

The spokesperson continued: “Members of the public are requested to avail of this opportunity to have a say in the Review of Stroke Services in N. Ireland and the possible transfer of strokes services from Daisy Hill Hospital to Craigavon Area Hospital.

“All you have to do is sign a proposed draft reply to the consultation document which will be available on the day.

“Also the Committee have written to the Department of Health asking for an extension of the consultation period and we are pleased to announce the consultation period has been extended until July 19, 2019.”

The committee is also writing to all schools, colleges of Further Education, youth clubs, community associations, gaelic clubs, Carnbane League teams, farmers groups and more to request their support.

“Progress on the Committees strategy will be communicated to the public regularly and anyone wishing to assist can contact saveourstrokeservicesunit@gmail.com,” the spokesperson added.

“We would really appreciate the full support of the public at this time and we require a community effort to ensure our stroke services unit remains at Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry.”

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