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DUP Health Spokesperson, Pam Cameron MLA has welcomed a statement released this morning by the Northern Health & Social Care Trust clarifying unsubstantiated rumours spread on social media regarding Causeway Hospital ICU.

Commenting, Pam Cameron MLA said "The Northern Trust have swiftly moved to refute unsubstantiated rumours spread on social media which claimed the Intensive care unit (ICU) and Emergency Department at Causeway hospital was set to close.

The Trust have made absolutely clear the ICU and Emergency Department will continue to operate as normal. As a temporary measure during the COVID-19 surge period, if a patient requires mechanical ventilation they will be stabilised and safely transferred to Antrim Area Hospital or another critical care Unit within the Northern Ireland Critical Care Network.

I would urge the public to only trust verifiable public information given from the Health Service and not rumours spread via social media. Such rumours only cause unnecessary concern and fear not only amongst the public but also our Health Service staff who are already working under stressful circumstances.

We should have faith in our great local Health professionals at this time who are making operational decisions to best protect services across all regions and save lives"