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Public meetings to be held on future of stroke services

12 Sep

On behalf of Health and Social Care (HSC), leading health charity, Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) is inviting people from across the Northern Ireland to a series of public meetings on reshaping stroke services in Northern Ireland. The public meetings, facilitated by the charity, is part of the 13-week pre-consultation on reshaping stroke services. This will provide everyone across Northern Ireland with an independent and impartial opportunity to have their voices heard. The meetings, which will be open to all, will take place during the first two weeks of September.

Health & Social CareTrustTownVenueDate and time
WesternDerry/LondonderryBallroom, Everglades Hotel4th Sept 6.30-8.30pm
NorthernColeraineAllen suite, Lodge Hotel6th Sept 6.30-8.30pm
BelfastBelfastBallroom, Stormont Hotel7th Sept 6.30-8.30pm
WesternEnniskillenLisgoole Suite, Killyhelvin Hotel11th Sept 6.30-8.30pm
SouthernNewryMillar Suite, Canal Court Hotel12th Sept 6.30-8.30pm
South-EasternDownpatrickGreat Hall, Downshire Hospital13th Sept 6.30-8.30pm

“We welcome the opportunity for the public and people with experience of stroke to get involved in the debate on how things can be improved,” said Neil Johnston, Public Affairs Adviser for NICHS.

“We have been chosen by HSC to facilitate this process as we have first-hand knowledge of working with those who have experienced the current arrangements, and we recognise that while there is much that is good, there is always room for improvement. “It is important that people get involved and these meetings give us the opportunity to keep stroke survivors and their carers, as well as local politicians and members of the public, informed about a situation we know they care about deeply.”

In its role as impartial facilitator, the feedback gathered by NICHS during the pre-consultation process will be fed back to Health and Social Care for consideration.

As yet, no decision about current services has been made and no date for the formal consultation has been set.

The pre-consultation process ends on 15th September.

To get involved or for more information go to www.hscboard.hscni.net/stroke.

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