Public urged to back stroke unit


Fermanagh people are being urged to keep the pressure on and support the Stroke services in South West Acute Hospital.
A presentation and discussion about the HSCB’s stroke proposals will take place next Wednesday, 9th August at The Tara Centre, Omagh at 2.15pm.
Over 13 weeks, the Health and Social Care Board is holding a series of meetings and workshops as part of their pre-consultation process on ‘Reshaping Stroke Services in Northern Ireland’ to listen to a wide range of views and to discuss and debate how best to enhance stroke care.
Patients, staff, clinicians, professional bodies, or anyone that may be affected by or have opinions about the proposals are invited to attend and voice their views.
Local Councillor, Raymond Farrell is urging members of the public to attend the meeting to have their voices heard.
“Evidence from independent and reputable people clearly show that the Stroke Unit at the South West Acute Hospital is clearly delivering for the people in the region.
“ It is imperative that we build upon what is clearly working in terms of Stroke services and I call upon the review body to recommend the development of a Hyperacute Stroke Unit in the South West which will enhance the team even more. I would appeal to people to attend the public meeting in Omagh where their story can be heard.”
“Although, if you cannot attend the event next Wednesday, you can complete a questionnaire at or email your views to”
Meanwhile, the Fermanagh Stroke Support Group are holding a meeting at their premises on Cross Street in Enniskillen tomorrow night, Monday, August 7, at 8pm to prepare for Wednesday’s meeting in Omagh. For more information, follow them on Facebook here.
“We want the community to pull together to retain stroke services in our local hospital,” said a spokesman for the group. “We ask you as the public to attend our meeting and help us fight to keep all stroke services at SWAH.”
A petition has also been set up locally calling for services at SWAH to be protected and enhanced. You can find it here.

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