Plans are announced for the future of Moyle Hospital

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Plans for the future of Moyle Hospital were outlined by Northern Health Board chiefs in January 1990.

Antrim Area Hospital was set to open in 1993 resulting in changes to the services provided in Larne.

Save the Moyle campaigners claimed that the local hospital would be stripped of its acute services and people of the area would be left without vital emergency facilities.

Draft plans suggested that once Antrim Area Hospital opened, the Moyle would become a local unit providing a range of in-patient, out-patient and day-patient services.

Changes to the ambulance service were also being proposed for the Larne area.

All emergency ambulances would be staffed with specially trained ambulance personnel and would be equipped with monitors and defibrillators in order to provide an immediate response to appropriate patients when activated by a GP. Back-up to the service was to be provided by a fully equipped cardiac car. This was to be staffed by a doctor and nurse from a cardiac unit.

There were no plans at that stage to change the number or location of ambulance stations. There was to be a review of operational arrangements at Larne Health Centre.