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Future of Emergency General Surgery

We are consulting on the proposal to provide Emergency General Surgery Services on the Craigavon Area Hospital Site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This is in keeping with the current service model with a number of enhancements to enable the Trust to meet regional standards set out by the Department of Health.

We are committed to providing Emergency General Surgery to the population we serve, based on the best available evidence and quality standards and which will create a sustainable service that delivers the best possible outcomes for our patients.

The documents below provide detailed information on this proposal.

The consultation document explains why we need to change our Emergency General Surgery service.

In keeping with the commitments in our Equality Scheme we have carried out an Equality Impact Assessment of this proposal.

As required under the Rural Needs Act (NI) 2016 we have carried out a Rural Needs Impact Assessment.

Other Documents

Public Meeting about the Development of Daisy Hill Hospital and the Future of Emergency General Surgery

Future of Emergency General Surgery press release 27.01.23 

Emergency General Surgery Consultation Letter 27.01.23 

Alternative Formats 

The consultation document and the Trust’s Equality Scheme can be made available on request in alternative formats or hard copy.

Tel: 028 3756 4819 or

The consultation will run for 12 weeks beginning 27 January 2023 until 21 April 2023.

Emergency General Surgery Consultation Questionnaire

Complete the emergency general surgery consultation questionnaire here 

  • Dementia Consultation

    The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has launched a three month public consultation on the future provision of Inpatient Dementia Services in the Trust area.

    The proposed future service model would see the creation of a specialist inpatient dementia unit within the Bluestone Mental Health unit on the Craigavon Area Hospital site.

    The Southern Trust had a stand-alone inpatient dementia assessment and treatment unit on the Gillis Ward, St Luke’s Hospital, Armagh. In May 2022, patients in Gillis Ward were relocated to Willows ward, Bluestone Unit, Craigavon Area Hospital as an interim contingency arrangement to ensure patient safety and quality of care when dedicated Consultant Psychiatry cover could not be secured.

    The consultation opens on 3 October 2022 and closes on 23 December 2022.

    Read more HERE