Clinics removed from Cookstown, Moneymore, Bellaghy and Maghera in cost cutting and centralisation move by the Northern Trust. Cookstown area will lose;
- · Older people, mental health and dementia clinics, citing health and safety reasons
- · Brain injury service
- · Brain injury service due to NHSCT terminating lease
- · Additional clinics based at Doctor on call site
- · Hospital diversion nursing team Doctor on call site
- · Podiatry clinics based at Doctor on Call site
- · Tissue Viability clinics based at Doctor on Call site
- · Continence Clinics based at Doctor on Call site
· Continence clinics
Toome will lose:
- · Specialist nurses based in Tidal House
The former High Dependency Unit which once house the first Intensive care Unit in the UK will be developed into a pharmacy will most like will have serious implications pharmacies across the Magherafelt and Cookstown areas and patients requiring the prescriptions having to travel more.
All these clinics are being diverted to the Mid Ulster Health Centre (formerly Mid Ulster Hospital), the trust are attempting to bluff the public by saying to them we are delivering more services at the Mid Ulster site, however these are not extra services they are services that are already in the area and play a vital role in the local community, leaving patients in rural areas seeking the added worry of seeking longer journeys out of their communities to get treated.
The Mid Ulster site is slowly being turned into an administration building much like the former Braid Valley and Cottage Hospitals in Ballymena, how many administration buildings do the trust need, seemingly they can meet and expand the capacity for administration when needed, yet fail on every attempt in terms of the actual provision of health services.
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