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Stroke services ‘under threat’ – McCandless

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Stroke services ‘under threat’ – McCandless thumbnailCouncillor William McCandless

A COUNCILLOR has warned that stroke services could be under threat at the Causeway Hospital.
The warning comes just weeks after UUP Councillor William McCandless voiced fears for the Coleraine hospital's future amid claims that health chiefs were considering scaling back children's ward services.
Now, following reports that the number of specialist stroke units in Northern Ireland could be reduced from 11 hospital sites to around four, Councillor McCandless has expressed new fears for services at the local hospital.
He told The Chronicle: "There is a dedicated ward for stroke services, along with 14 dedicated stroke beds, at the Causeway hospital. I am concerned, however, that these are at risk of being removed under the guise of the 'Bengoa reforms.'"
The move is part of a proposed shake-up of stroke services across the five health trusts.
According to independent health reports, Northern Ireland's stroke services fall below national standards. Specialists argue that expertise is being spread too thinly, denying some people access to the best of care.
There are a total of seven proposals which, if agreed, would mean a major overhaul of the service.
The proposals include providing an appropriate number of hyper-acute stroke units in order to deliver specialist early inpatient care to the most seriously ill patient.

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