DCHC Welcomes Trust Move To Re-open Downe ED

Down Community Health Committee (DCHC) chairman Eamonn McGrady welcomes the re-opening of the Downe Hospital ED.

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Down Community Health Committee (DCHC) chairman Eamonn McGrady welcomes the re-opening of the Downe Hospital ED.

Mr McGrady said: “The announcement of the date for the re-opening of the Emergency Department at the Downe Hospital by the South Eastern Trust is to be welcomed.

“Whilst the anticipated date of Monday of Monday 19th of October is later than we might have wished, at the same time, the fact that we have a firm date, subject, of course, to some other factors, is to be warmly welcomed.

The Down Community Health Committee chairman Eamonn McGrady has welcomed the  decision by the South Eastern HSC Trust to reopen the Downe ED on 19 October.
Eamonn McGrady, pictured left, Down Community Health Committee Chairman and a tireless campaigner for local health services, has welcomed the fixing of a date by the South Eastern HSC Trust to re-open the Downe ED on 19 October. Included at a nurses’ pay strike picket earlier this year were Liam Fox, Unison Representative, Marion Ritichie, Unison Branch Secretary, and Ann Trainor, Vice Chairperson of the Down Community Health Committee.

“The Downe Hospital is a tremendous facility for the local community and recent investments in the hospital and those that are planned in the not too distant future will enable the hospital to deliver even more and better services for our community and, indeed, across the region.

“We must all continue to be watchful to ensure that the Department of Health does not attempt to introduce any change to healthcare provision without full consultation with the local community and its representatives.

McGrady Thanks Politicians For Their Support

“They Down Community Health Committee welcomes the manner in which local politicians have come together and exerted their not inconsiderable influence in connection with this matter. 

The Downe Hospital ED in Downpatrick: many people feared the lights would go out permanently.

“There is still a great deal to be done to further protect, enhance and develop the services currently on offer at the Downe.

“Working together, there is much that can be achieved. 

“Again, we pay tribute to the excellent medical and support staff at the Downe for their tireless work for our community and to the managers in the South Eastern HSC Trust who have been able to deliver this excellent news today.”