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

26 November, 2007


Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy has welcomed the announcement that people living in South Armagh can avail of GP out of Hours services in the NEDOC Out of Hours Centre in Castleblayney County Monaghan.

Mr Murphy said:

"Studies show that 70,000 people across the border live closer to a GP out-of-hours centre in the 'border'. This new service hopefully will enable those living in border areas of South Armagh to access GP out-of-hours services much more conveniently and help ensure that health provision and the well being of our communities will be enhanced.

"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.

"While this project and the other similar pilot projects including Inishowen, Co. Donegal and Derry City demonstrate the huge potential benefit of healthcare co-operation for people living right along the border we now need to go much further. There needs to be more co-operation and integration of our health services on an island-wide basis." ENDS

Note to Editors

The new service has 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.

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