Health Minister visits Altnagelvin

18/05/2011

Health Minister visits Altnagelvin

Health Minister, Edwin Poots MLA visited Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry today to view the facilities and meet with staff and patient.

 

Speaking during his first visit as Health Minister, Mr Poots said; “I welcome the opportunity to visit the facilities provided by Altnagelvin Hospital and the opportunity to meet with staff and patients.

 

“Among the issues I will discuss with staff will be the proposed Radiotherapy Unit which has been of great interest over the last few weeks and months.

 

“I am determined firstly to listen and then to gather all the information and facts, look at the numbers, look at the paperwork and from there I will make an informed decision. Whatever that decision will be, I must ensure that we live within our means and that the people of Northern Ireland will have access to the best quality health care possible.

 

The Minister continued; “I would like to pay tribute to all the nurses and doctors here who work tirelessly to provide quality care to the local community. The value of your work cannot be underestimated.”

 

Gerard Guckian, Chairman of the Western Trust said: "The Western Trust was delighted to welcome the new Health Minister to Altnagelvin Hospital. We discussed a number of issues today including the importance of the proposed Radiotherapy Unit to the future development of cancer services across the region. Altnagelvin Hospital is firmly focussed on providing high quality patient care through a professional staffing team and we were particularly pleased that the Minister chose to meet with clinical staff today."