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Decision by Eastern Health Board on continuous A&E take-in at Royal welcomed

30 September, 2003


Sinn Féin Spokesperson, West Belfast representative Cllr Sue Ramsey has welcomed the decision of the Eastern Health Board to implement a continuous admissions service for emergency medical admissions but urged management at the Royal Victoria Hospital to ensure that the Falls Road entrance to the hospital remains open on a permanent 24-hour basis.

Cllr Ramsey said:

"Sinn Féin have argued that once the infrastructure was in place that there was a need for continuous admissions service for emergency medical admissions at the Royal. This decision has to be welcomed.

"However, it is vital in addressing issues around access that the management at the Royal Victoria Hospital ensure that the Falls Road entrance to the hospital remains open on a permanent 24 hour basis.

"Sinn Féin have received a number of complaints from hospital users and staff about the closure of the Falls Road entrance to the hospital. Whether by design or otherwise the closure of the Falls Road doors grossly inconveniences the normally large numbers of people who wish to access the hospital at this point.

"The opposition of the DUP to this progress is a matter of concern. The decision to provide continuous admissions is a reflection of demand and is based on service developments. Mark Robinson misses the point, continuous admissions will actually relive pressures on both the City and RVH and improve access to A&E facilities throughout Belfast." ENDS

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