MLA Maurice Bradley says it’s ‘vital we maintain stroke services at Causeway’
East Londonderry MLA Maurice Bradley says it is vital that the Causeway Hospital maintains stroke services as the Health and Social Care Board launch a consultation on stroke services in Northern Ireland.
The MLA was speaking after a meeting with specialist stroke staff at the Coleraine based hospital last week. He is now urging constituents to have their say and take part in the consultation.
The consultation called ‘Reshaping stroke services in Northern Ireland’ aims to improve stroke services and care, however it could see stroke services being reduced in some areas with a concentration of expertise in bigger hospitals.
The Causeway Hospital currently has an acute stroke unit and a rehabilitation unit. This means that patients who have suffered a stroke stay at Causeway unit they are fit to be discharged.
Commenting the MLA said: “The services offered by the specialist stroke staff at Causeway is second to none, but it is very important that we keep both the acute unit and the rehab unit here in Coleraine.
“The options detailed in the consultation booklet will no doubt improve services and that is positive news for Northern Ireland, however I believe that this is only a cosmetic exercise and is pre-empting what has already been decided.
“The questions on the consultation are relevant, however I would point out to those taking part in the exercise that it is vitally important that they put in their own comments, highlighting the positive outcomes of their care at Causeway. I hope that this will ensure that we maintain the acute stroke unit and the rehab unit at Causeway Hospital.”
Copies of the consultation are available from Causeway Hospital or from MLA Bradley’s constituency office at Park Street, Coleraine.