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Newry Chamber Welcomes Daisy Hill Pathfinder Investment

A roadmap for the future of Daisy Hill Hospital’s Emergency Department is now a reality – thanks to a meaningful partnership between the local community, business community, workforce and the health and social care system.

The Department of Health confirmed details of an investment package as part of a long-term plan to sustain and bolster urgent and emergency care at the Newry hospital.  It includes an initial £650,000 this year from the Department’s health and social care transformation fund.

The package also includes a £1m capital funding allocation this year from the Southern Trust, to improve infrastructure at the hospital site.

Newry Chamber representatives on the Pathfinder Group include; Michael McKeown, Past President and Founder of Matt D’Arcy & Company Ltd and Mary Doran, Past President and Founder of Health Matters Ltd.

Mary Meehan, CEO of Newry Chamber commented:

“Thanks to the Department and to the Southern Trust, this funding package assures the future sustainability of a safe and modernised emergency department at our hospital alongside a new admissions and assessment unit which will also be established.”

She also added:

“This is an excellent outcome for the local population and for all parties involved throughout the consultation process which led to the establishment of the Daisy Hill Hospital Pathfinder Group. This further underpins the unique partnership approach and model for ensuring that Newry continues to be a happy, healthy place to live and work.”