The vital work of the staff at Causeway hospital has been praised by a local MLA, who says that they may have saved his live.
Last month, MLA Maurice Bradley suffered a blood clot in his heart. Within two hours of attending the Causeway hospital, the East Londonderry representative was in theatre at Altnagelvin Hospital undergoing surgery.
“I cannot praise the staff at both Causeway and Altnagelvin enough. The care and support afforded to me was second to none.
“So often we hear negative reports about our hospitals, but I can safely say that I have no complaints, only praise for the diligent work that is carried out by the staff on a daily basis.”
Bradley went on to praise the partnership approach between the cardiac departments at Causeway and Atlnagelvin hopsitals: “Within two hours of being admitted to the Causeway Hospital I was in surgery in the specialist unit in Londonderry.
“I was really amazed by the swift treatment I was given. Thankfully I am on the mend now and I want to put on record my sincere thanks to all those involved in the care that I received.
“Our hospital here in Coleraine provides a vital service.
“The staff both medical and non-medical carry out their duties to the highest ability. I have always been an advocate for the Causeway Hospital, but my support for our wonderful hospital has been amplified following my short stay.”
To conclude, Bradley said: “So often media reports are critical of the hospital and their waiting times. However, I think it’s time for those who criticise to stand back and have a look at the wonderful facility we have on our doorstep.
“The staff in our hospital are working in a pressurised environment, they are often understaffed but the care that they offer cannot be underestimated.
“I have no doubt that there are problems, there are issues in every organisation. We know about staffing and the need to attract permanent staff to Causeway, however it is my belief that the Trust is doing all that it can to provide a more sustainable workforce, and in turn make Causeway a hospital that we can all be proud of.”