Engagement on the Public Consultation on the future of Muckamore Abbey Hospital

21st December 2022

On 24th October 2022, the then Health Minister, Robin Swann, launched a public consultation on the proposed closure of Muckamore Abbey Hospital.

The Department of Health (DoH) in Northern Ireland are seeking views on the proposed closure of Muckamore Abbey Hospital as a regional specialist learning disability hospital, and invite written responses by no later than 5pm on 24 January 2023.  An online survey for responses from the general public is available on the NI Direct website, and can be accessed here.

The DOH met with families, carers and advocates of current hospital patients on 24th October 2022 to advise them of the launch of the public consultation. Attendees at this meeting advised it would be helpful to hold an engagement event on the public consultation, and PCC are supporting the Department in facilitating engagement on this consultation.

Engagement events

Accordingly, the PCC are facilitating two group engagement events for families, carers and advocates or representatives of former and current residents of Muckamore Abbey Hospital to share their views on the consultation.  These will take place remotely via Zoom, at the following dates and times:

  • 9th January 2023 at 6pm-9pm  
  • 10th January 2023 at 11am-2pm

These engagement events are aimed at family members, loved ones, carers, advocates or representatives of current or former residents of Muckamore Abbey Hospital.

We welcome your involvement in these events. To register to attend, please contact Jackie Kelly or Leona Quinn, Senior Practitioners on 028 9536 1708 or complete the form below.

Registration closed

Individual engagement

Alternatively, if you would prefer to have an individual engagement conversation, you can contact the PCC directly via the dedicated phone line below, which will be available for this purpose after the group events, from 9am-4pm between 11th January and the 13th January.

The phone number is   028 9536 1708

Any information from these individual conversations will be included in the overall report on engagement.