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Proposed relocation of GP out of hours – Mid Ulster

2017-08-14

A public consultation has been launched by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) on the proposed permanent relocation of Dalriada Urgent Care’s premises in Moneymore to the Mid Ulster Hospital, Magherafelt.

Dalriada Urgent Care (DUC) provides urgent GP services out of hours to patients from the Mid Ulster area. Currently, patients who are required to attend an appointment at an out of hours centre before midnight attend the Moneymore premises. After midnight, patients are seen, approximately five miles away, in the Mid Ulster Hospital. There are no plans to change DUC’s current service which also includes initial advice over the phone and home visits, as appropriate.

It is now proposed that the Moneymore base is relocated to the Mid Ulster Hospital, meaning that all GP out of hours attendances will be at the Mid Ulster Hospital. The Northern Health and Social Care Trust has identified a suitable location in the Outpatients Department of the hospital where all out of hours patients could be seen.

The proposed relocation is considered necessary because the Moneymore premises are no longer fit for purpose as major works need to be carried out.

The proposed move to the Mid Ulster Hospital would bring a number of advantages;

The GP out of hours service is for people who need urgent medical treatment but cannot wait until their doctor’s practice is open.

A 12 week consultation period on the proposals will take place from 14 August 2017 ending at 5pm on 6 November 2017.  All comments are welcomed during this period. The Health and Social Care Board, Dalriada Urgent Care and the Northern Health and Social Care Trust will be engaging with service users, staff and those who may have an interest in the proposals, to hear their views.

The consultation documentation can be accessed in the consultation section of this website

Responses and requests for information or alternative formats should be emailed to Siobhan.Millar@hscni.net or in writing to Siobhan Millar, HSCB, County Hall, 182 Galgorm Road, Ballymena, BT42 1QB or by telephone on (028) 9536 2843. You can also respond by completing the online questionnaire on the website.

Following the end of the consultation period, all responses will form the basis of a report which will be considered by the Health and Social Care Board, Dalriada Urgent Care and the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

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