Public urged to keep pressure on saving stroke service

AFTER the recent huge meeting in the Killyhevlin on the future of stroke services here the Fermanagh Stroke Support Group is continuing efforts to help people respond to the ongoing consultation. 
People are being urged to fill out the questionnaire about the future of SWAH’s stroke unit, and the group has organised several more workshops throughout the county to help people respond.
Due to demand, a second meeting has been organised in Enniskillen on July 17th at 7pm in the Killyhevlin Hotel and the public consultation period has also been extended until Friday August 2nd.
Fermanagh Stroke Support Group is actively leading the ‘Save Our Stroke Services’ campaign in response to the current ‘Reshaping Stroke Care’ consultation being undertaken by the Department of Health.
The consultation includes six options for the future of stroke services within the North with four of the six options seeing the closure of the stroke unit at the South West Acute Hospital, one of the top performing stroke units in the UK.
The Fermanagh Stroke Support Group were recently awarded with a council reception at the Townhall to acknowledge their ongoing commitment and efforts within the community to support the retention of local stroke services and delivering better health outcomes for stroke patients and survivors.
Council chairwoman Siobhan Currie said, “Fermanagh Stroke Support Group has embarked on a focused ‘Save Our Stroke Services’ campaign to inform residents of the consultation and the implications of the various options and to provide information, advice and assistance to enable them to respond to the consultation. 
“This campaign has taken the group and its members the length and breadth of Fermanagh with public engagement and information sessions taking place in every District Electoral Area in the county in community centres, church halls and libraries as well as drop in sessions taking place in the group’s Enniskillen office so that residents have the opportunity to make their feelings known to the Department of Health regarding the various proposals.”
The next stroke consultation drop in sessions are taking place:
Wednesday July 3rd at the Stroke Hub 11am to 3pm.
Wednesday July 3rd at Trillick Leisure Centre from 6pm to 9pm.
Thursday July 4th Stroke Hub 11am to 3pm.
Thursday July 4th Belcoo from 6pm to 9pm.
Friday July 5th at the Stroke Hub from 11am to 3pm.
Friday July 5th at the Brookborough GAA club from 7pm to 10pm.
Saturday July 6th at the Stroke Hub 11am to 3pm.

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