NIPSA is very concerned at reports of a review into surgical services in the Western Trust and the potential impact this could have on South West Acute Hospital (SWAH).
Reviews in other areas have led to cuts in services from individual sites, despite claims that this was not a downgrading of services, evidenced most recently in the Southern Trust. This has led to patients being required to travel much further afield for emergency surgery.
The Western Trust currently only offers emergency surgery across two sites, Altnagelvin Area Hospital and South West Acute Hospital and any review would likely only mean a change to the status of SWAH.
Given the large geographical area covered by the Trust and the potential knock-on effect on other services in SWAH if surgery was scaled back or removed, NIPSA has grave concerns about the impact of any cuts and remain committed to opposing any reduction or removal of services.