Southern Trust Board approves developments in Stroke, Dementia and Non-Acute Hospital Care
27/11/2014Following an extended period of public consultation, the Southern Trust Board has today approved proposals on the future of stroke care, hospital services for older people and dementia inpatient care. At the November meeting, held in Armagh, Trust Board members approved proposals for:
• The development of a single specialist stroke inpatient unit within the Southern Trust at Craigavon Area Hospital.
• Locating all non-acute inpatient services at Daisy Hill and Craigavon Hospitals, with the development of a new non-acute inpatient unit at Craigavon to replace inpatient services at Loane House, South Tyrone and Lurgan Hospital.
• The relocation of dementia in-patient series from the Gillis Unit, Armagh to a new build at Craigavon.
Commenting on the decision, Trust Chief Executive, Mairead McAlinden, said: “During our 20 week consultation period we met with many public representatives, organisations that advocate for service users, partner organisations and staff from across the Trust and we listened carefully to their views on our proposals. We received over 150 direct responses and a petition with over 8,000 signatures, and we have considered all the points made in these written proposals alongside the views expressed in our face to face meetings. I hope that these detailed discussions, together with the Trust’s written response to the issues raised over the course of the consultation period, will assure people that the Trust is focused on providing better care in a way that we can sustain into the future.”
Trust Chair Roberta Brownlee added: “I am extremely grateful to everyone who took the time to meet with us and to respond to the consultation paper. All responses were fully considered and the key issues discussed by the Trust Board before reaching a final decision.
“Our plans set out a clear direction for how services must change in future if we are to maintain and develop hospital-based care that is of the highest quality, meets national standards and guidelines and meets the needs of the population we serve. Changes will not take place immediately – it has been clearly stated that implementation of our plans could take up to three years to put in place. We will continue to engage with users, carers, staff and our local community as we develop our implementation plans for these major developments which I believe are vital to ensuring quality health care in Southern Trust.”