An Inishowen group set up following a massive public meeting in support of Carn Hospital, say they need accurate information regarding issues with the Nowdoc Service.
The Carndonagh Community Hospital Liaison Group have appealed to the public who have had a “particular experience” with NowDoc or the Hospital to come forward.
The group say in order to advance, “or defend”, any position, the Group needs to have “accurate, sustainable and verifiable information” on matters relating to the hospital and the NowDoc scheme in Inishowen.
A spokesperson for the Liaison Group said: “There are many anecdotal stories that cannot be verified. Stories that begin with “I know a family ……etc” or “I know a person who ….etc”. These types of accounts would not stand up to scrutiny.
“We need accurate accounts of issues that have arisen in order to further strengthen our position on the importance of the hospital and the NowDoc service to the people of Inishowen.”
They added: “Strict confidentiality is assured and no names will be released without your prior written permission. Anyone who wishes to relate their experience should contact the any member of the group or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to The Secretary, Carndonagh Hospital Liaison Group, Ballyloskey, Carndonagh, Co. Donegal.”
The local group which consists of people from all over Inishowen have announced they had two “positive meetings” with John Hayes, HSE Manager in Donegal.
“We received written confirmation the HSE are committed to retaining and developing services in Carndonagh and will be seeking a mechanism to address the infrastructural deficits in the unit. However they say they have an intention of bringing change to the NowDoc services.
“Our group has a clear mandate. Firstly to seek the immediate reinstatement of the Alzheimer’s Unit up to it’s full compliment of 16 beds and to get clarity on the future plans for the hospital and the NowDoc Service. We will continue to monitor this and meet with the HSE on a regular basis.”
The group spokesperson said if people have particular issues as to operational matters “such as bed availability”, they can bring these to the attention of the HSE.