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Plans to shut Moneymore out of hours health service

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

THE out of hours service in Moneymore is to be taken away, the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) has proposed.

Dalriada Urgent Care, based on the Station Road, will see its services switched to Mid-Ulster Hospital in Magherafelt instead.

A 12 week public consultation period started yesterday (Monday) regarding its closure.

The HSCB claim the proposed relocation is "necessary because the Moneymore premises are no longer fit for purpose as major works need to be carried out".

Dalriada Urgent Care (DUC) provides urgent GP services out of hours to patients from the Mid Ulster area.

Currently, patients who are required to attend an appointment at an out of hours centre before midnight attend the Moneymore premises. After midnight, patients are seen five miles away in the Mid-Ulster Hospital.

It is now proposed that the Moneymore base is relocated to the Mid Ulster Hospital, meaning that all GP out of hours attendances will be at the Mid Ulster Hospital. The Northern Health and Social Care Trust has identified a suitable location in the Outpatients Department of the hospital where all out of hours patients could be seen.

The Board claims that the move would bring a number of advantages.

They assert there would be minimal disruption in the transition the Mid-Ulster Hospital is accessible with ample parking spaces and the move would demonstrate the HSCB's commitment to the Magherafelt site.

It is also stated the move would eliminate the issue of 'lone working' as is currently the case in Moneymore when the GP is not on site.

The consultartion will run until 6th November, and the HSCB says all comments are welcome during this period..

The consultation documentation can be accessed in the consultation section of the HSCB's website www.hscni.net/get-involved/consultations/

Responses and requests for information or alternative formats should be emailed to Siobhan.Millar@hscni.net or in writing to Siobhan Millar, HSCB, County Hall, 182 Galgorm Road, Ballymena, BT42 1QB or by telephone on (028) 9536 2843. You can also respond by completing the online questionnaire on the website above.

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