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Time running out for stroke consultation

THERE are just two days left for the people of Fermanagh to oppose the closure of the Stroke Unit at South West Acute Hospital.
Since 2016, fears have been growing about the future of the stroke unit at SWAH and this is the last chance for people to submit their views to have their say in the fight to keep the stroke unit.
The deadline for the consultation on ‘reshaping stroke care’ is on Friday, August 30th, and so far, around 6,000 consultation documents have been completed by local people.
 The consultation, which is being carried out by the Department of Health includes six options on the future of stroke services with four of the six options seeing the closure of the stroke unit at SWAH.
Fermanagh Stroke Support Group has spent the last number of months holding workshops throughout the county helping people to fill in the consultation documents to oppose changes to strokes services in SWAH.
Speaking to the Herald, Stephen McAloon thanked everyone who took the time to take about in the consultation.
“We should have in the region of 6,000 questionnaires filled in and this is not counting online or people posting on themselves. This has been a hard slog and would not have been done without the public’s help.
Mr Aloon continued, “The consultation is coming to a end on Friday and we at Fermanagh Stroke Support Group and Save Our Stroke Services would like to call on all consultation questionnaire forms to be returned to our office in Cross Street Enniskillen by 5pm tomorrow (Thursday) to ensure delivery to the Department in Belfast on Friday.”
To fill in the form ahead of the deadline on August 30, visit www.health-ni.gov.uk/reshaping-stroke-care.

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