Consultation ends October 31st
27/10/2014The Southern Trust’s four month consultation process on the modernisation of in-patient acute and rehabilitation Stroke Services; the future provision of inpatient non-acute hospital services for older people and the relocation of the Dementia Assessment Inpatient Unit from Armagh ends on Friday, October 31st.
The Trust’s proposals are:
1. The modernisation of in-patient acute and rehabilitation Stroke Services, which are currently provided at Lurgan, Loane House (South Tyrone Hospital) Daisy Hill and Craigavon Area Hospitals. The Trust is proposing the development of a ‘hyper-acute’ stroke unit at Craigavon Area Hospital.
2. Future provision of inpatient non-acute hospital services for older people. This will particularly affect Lurgan Hospital and Loane House (South Tyrone Hospital). The Trust is proposing that all in-patient hospital services will be based at Daisy Hill and Craigavon Area Hospitals
3. Relocation of Dementia Assessment Inpatient Care from the Gillis Unit in Armagh to a new fit for purpose unit on the Craigavon site, providing beds for rehabilitation for older people and dementia assessment, designed to the highest standards and with specially trained clinical staff.
Trust Chief Executive Mairead McAlinden said: “The principle behind our proposals is that, regardless of age, everyone has the same right to the expert health care they need. It is our plan that whenever anyone needs health or social care they will be treated in the right place, by the most appropriate person and in a timely and compassionate way.
“Through the development of community services, day hospitals and engagement with local communities many illnesses that were previously treated in hospital can now be managed in the community.
“Increasingly, hospital stays are for a short, acute illness or injury with ongoing specialist care provided outside hospital. Our proposals reflect how health care is changing and we want to be able to maximise the skills and expertise of our staff to meet the challenges of providing care to our local community.”
Full details of the consultation can be found here http://www.southerntrust.hscni.net/about/TYCConsultations2014.htm