DUP MLA Maurice Bradley has praised the Northern Trust for the addition of a state of the art treatment suite for gynaecological outpatient and day case treatments at Causeway Hospital.
The suite has already welcomed its first patients and it means that a range of procedures usually given under general anaesthetic in a theatre, can now, when appropriate, be safely offered as outpatient procedures with the use of oral or local medication.
Bradley said: “Any additional services at Causeway must be welcomed.
“For too long we have been hearing about services being taken away from Causeway and centralised to Antrim or Belfast.
“This is a service that is purpose built and will hopefully support the transfer of gynae treatments from other hospitals.
“This is a wonderful service and gives women the chance of avoiding the potential complications of having a general anaesthetic.
“In this week that we mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS I think it is important to mark the dedication of the staff locally here within the East Londonderry area.
“I am very grateful for the tireless work that they carry out in often difficult circumstances, and over the course of the seven decades of the NHS it has earned a special place in the hearts of many people across the UK.”