A&E inquiry to visit Derry for information

Accident and Emergency
Accident and Emergency

Researchers working as part of a major inquiry into emergency health care in Northern Ireland want to hear from people in Derry about their experiences in Accident and Emergency departments here.

As part of the inquiry, the Human Rights Commission will be holding a public meeting in Derry in September.

A spokesperson said: “Over the past three weeks, people across Northern Ireland have been telling us about their visits to A&E departments and minor injuries units.

“We’ve heard how patients and their families felt they were not given adequate information about their treatment. We’ve heard from people with long term conditions who felt that their needs were not properly met. We’ve also heard positive stories, particularly regarding the dedicated staff who work in such a challenging environment.

“Every call and online submission is important in helping us to examine how emergency health care is working in Northern Ireland. We’d like to hear more from the public – and in particular, people living in the Derry area. This will help us to understand how the system is working in areas right across the region.

“We encourage anyone who has recently been to, or works in, an A&E department or minor injuries unit, to call us free on 0800 028 6066, or submit their evidence online at www.nihrc.org/inquiry. We will be inviting some of the people who contact us to give further evidence at the public hearing in September. We will also be calling upon Government and other officials to give their evidence at the hearing.All the evidence we collect will be used to produce our final report and make recommendations to the Government. In this way, the public can contribute their experiences to the Inquiry to help improve emergency health care services in Northern Ireland.”