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New outpatients department opens

A new £500k outpatients department at Daisy Hill hospital is now operational. The accommodation is the result of renovation of the former Maternity and Gynae outpatients department on the ground floor. It provides the specialized environment needed for ENT (ear, nose and throat) and audiology assessment and includes three new sound booths. It also houses two preoperative assessment rooms and two additional consulting rooms providing much needed clinical accommodation. General outpatients activity is also continuing from the existing outpatients department. Dr Gillian Rankin, director of acute services from the Southern Health Trust said: “The number of outpatients attending Daisy Hill has increased by 12,000 in the past five years and there was a real need to improve the accommodation to meet this growing demand. We are delighted to have been able to upgrade the accommodation and to provide modern facilities for patients and staff. Health Minister Edwin Poots toured the new department and met with staff and patients during a recent visit to the hospital. He said: “I was very much impressed by the quality of both the new outpatients facility and the dedication of the staff working there. This new facility will provide additional capacity for the many people who use Daisy Hill Hospital’s services every year and particularly those with hearing conditions who will now be assessed and treated in a specialized area.”


Newry Reporter

12th September 2012