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Better access to GP out-of-hours services for border communities

19 November, 2007

Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy has welcomed the announcement that from next week people living in the Carrigatuke, Keady, Killeen, Derrynoose, Milford, Killylea Crossmaglen, Creggan, Silverbridge, Newtownhamilton and Killeen areas can avail of GP out of Hours services in the NEDOC Out of Hours Centre in Castleblayney County Monaghan.

Mr Murphy said:

"Studies have shown that 70,000 people across the border live closer to a GP Out of Hours centre in the opposite jurisdiction.

"This service hopefully will enable those living in border areas of South Armagh to access GP Out of Hours services much more conveniently."

Armagh Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan explained that the new service had been commissioned by the Southern Health and Social Services Board and developed through Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT), the cross border health and social care partnership with European Union INTERREG IIIA funds.

Mr Bolyan added:

"This announcement will help ensure that the Health provision and well being of our communities will be enhanced. It is important that those living in border areas are aware of this new service which is aimed at giving patients better access to GP out of Hours services in border regions. Patients in these areas can still attend their Southern Area Urgent Care Services by phoning 0876006009. This should also be the first contact call for accessing the NEDOC service in the twenty six counties." ENDS

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