Expert Panel Set Up For Daisy Hill Hospital

A Daisy Hill Hospital Expert Panel has been established

A Daisy Hill Hospital Expert Panel has been established

A new group is being established to work with the Southern Health Trust to implement the ongoing stabilisation plans for acute inpatient medical services at Daisy Hill Hospital.

It will also support the development of a longer term plan for the future of the Newry Hospital.

The stabilisation plans focus on immediately stabilising services at the hospital for the summer months.

The plans were agreed at the Trust’s June Board meeting in response to challenges with senior medical cover.

The Daisy Hill Hospital Expert Panel will start its work in August and will be independently Chaired by Mairead McAlinden. 

Mairead McAlinden will act as the chairperson of the Daisy Hill Hospital Expert Panel.

Mairead has worked in health and social care services in Northern Ireland since 1982 before taking up post as Chief Executive in Torbay & South Devon Foundation Trust from 2015 to 2018.

Mairead was a member of the Bengoa Expert Panel. She now works as an Independent Healthcare Advisor.

The Expert Panel will include independent professional and clinical advisors, involvement advisor, regional partners, Trust clinicians and management and Trade Union officials.

The Expert Panel will engage with Trust staff and other key stakeholder groups with an interest in services at Daisy Hill Hospital and the Newry Mourne and South Armagh areas.

They will make recommendations for consideration by the Trust Senior Leadership Team.

Also they will contribute to the medium to long-term plans for Daisy Hill Hospital as part of the Department of Health’s wider Review of Local Hospitals.

Southern Trust Chief Executive Dr Maria O’Kane said: “Since our June Trust Board meeting, staff have been working tirelessly on the implementation of our stabilisation plans.

Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry. (Photo – Jim Masson ©).

“Our patients and visitors are already seeing changes as we relocate some departments within the hospital.

“The aim has been to find a sustainable way forward for the hospital, patients and staff. Ensuring patient safety and supporting our staff have been our priorities.

“We greatly welcome the strength of public support for staff and services at Daisy Hill and thank all of our local stakeholders for their continued interest in improving services.

“We are delighted to welcome Mairead to lead this vital strategic project.

“The Daisy Hill Expert Panel will bring together a wealth of local health and social care knowledge and experience.

“We look forward to working with them to find solutions to the ongoing pressures that we face right across health and social care and to secure the longer-term vision for Daisy Hill as a key part of the regional acute hospital network.”