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Sheehan meets Trust over medicinal cannabis access

18 July, 2018 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Health Pat Sheehan is calling on the Belfast Trust to assist a West Belfast man suffering from a severe form of epilepsy who is seeking access to medicinal cannabis.

The West Belfast MLA said: "Today I facilitated a meeting between the Belfast Trust and the family of Patrick McMahon.

"Patrick suffers from a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox Gastaut Syndrome which causes multiple seizures on a daily basis.

"As a result of these seizures Patrick has sustained a number of serious injuries in falls including broken bones, lacerations and burns.

"Patrick's doctor believes he could benefit from a cannabis based medicine called Epidiolex, which is available via a compassionate access programme. However, Patrick is facing difficulties in accessing it.

"At today's meeting I expressed the urgency of Patrick's situation to the Belfast Trust and sought further clarification on what can be done to ensure he receives necessary treatment.

"I will continue to support Patrick and the McMahon family in their efforts to secure the care he needs."

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