Surgery patients express concerns

PATIENTS at Donaghcloney doctors’ surgery have raised concerns that the possible closure of Waringstown surgery may impact upon their service.

The surgery in Waringstown is currently operating out of a building described as “not fit for purpose” and there are fears its closure could see overcrowding at the Donaghcloney practice.

There are fears services may soon be amalgamated at the already over-stretched clinic at nearby Donaghcloney.

A Waringstown resident, Dick Mullan, who attended Tuesday’s news clinic, said this was an issue high on the agenda with residents of the village which he claimed had a growing and ageing population.

“There are around 2,000 patients registered in Waringstown surgery and yet the local surgery is not fit for purpose,” he said. “Young mothers with buggies and pensioners can’t easily travel to Donaghcloney to be seen by a doctor and my fear is that despite plans being drawn up for a new surgery, that is what will happen.”

As a Waringstown woman herself, Jo-Anne assured him she was fully aware of local concerns and said she had spoken with the chairman of the GPs group in Northern Ireland regarding the matter.

“I have been promised an assessment and I am waiting to hear more,” she said. “I don’t want this to be another case where a rural population is penalised when it comes to health services. Rural communities throughout Northern Ireland are already being penalised when it comes to the viability of rural schools.”