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Omagh event to help with stroke consultation responses

AN event aimed at helping people in the Omagh area to air their views on the review of stroke services locally will take place this week.
 
Locals are once again being urged to take part in the consultation on the future of stroke services which has been taking place throughout the North.
 
Anyone who wishes to express their views on the issue is encouraged to attend an information session being organised by the Fermanagh Stroke Support Group in Omagh Library next week.
 
It is being held on Tuesday, July 23 between 10am and 4pm and follows a similar event in Trillick a few weeks ago. The Department of Health has extended the consultation period until August 2 next.
 
Of the six options being outlined by the Department, four are proposing the removal of the highly regarded stroke unit at the South West Acute Hospital.
 
It is expected that if stroke services were centralised away from the west, rehab beds at the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex would also be removed.
Sinn Féin MLA, Catherine Kelly, urged local people to attend the consultation next week.
 
“The Fermanagh Stroke Support Group is working very hard to ensure the people of Fermanagh and Omagh Council area have their say on the future of SWAH’s stroke unit by organising drop-in sessions across the council area where people have the opportunity to fill in consultation forms,” she said.
 
“The stroke unit at South West Acute Hospital is a lifeline for the people of this area and I would encourage people to come along to show their support for its retention by taking part in the consultation.”
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