Lord Mayor visits Neurology Unit at Musgrave Park Hospital

10/07/2014

The Lord Mayor, Nichola Mallon, paid a visit to Neurology Unit at Musgrave Park. Nichola has a longstanding interest in the needs of those living with neurological disorders, their families and carers.

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon, described the visit as “an honour”. “I feel very privileged to be given this tour and to be able to pass on the gratitude of patients and their families to the incredible staff who work in this Unit” she said. “The care being given here transforms the lives of both patients and their carers at a very vulnerable time. This service is vital".

The Unit is a 23 bedded facility providing palliative care, respite and rehabilitation for patients with a range of progressive neurological disorders including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy syndromes, Motor Neurone Disease, Huntington’s disease and myotonic and muscular dystrophies, among others. These conditions are often challenging and disabling, physically, cognitively and emotionally with profound social and employment implications.

Families and carers are also faced with physical, emotional and financial pressures, support often being limited. The Unit offers a welcoming and comfortable environment for patients and families, and is suitable for those with potentially complex disability, whilst also allowing nursing and specialist therapy staff to deliver a high standard of care and treatment in a compassionate and professional way.

“We are delighted to welcome our new Lord Mayor to Belfast Trusts Neurology Unit, and to have the opportunity to highlight the extremely specialist work provided by a wide range of professional staff who make up the team at the unit” said Brian Barry, Director of Specialist Hospitals and Women’s Health.

During her visit the Lord Mayor had the opportunity to meet with patients and carers, members of the Patient & Carer Forum and Committee, representatives of some of the local neurological charities and Trust staff. She also met with MITRE, a charity based at Musgrave. There was a short tour of the facilities both internally and externally, the informal visit provided an opportunity to discuss some of the issues faced by patients and carers on a daily basis, highlighted. It was also. Everyone attending was very appreciative that the First Citizen of Belfast has taken time out to visit the unit.