| 9.3°C Belfast

Belfast Trust announce Billy Caldwell can now receive cannabis medication at home



Charlotte sharing cuddles with her son

Charlotte sharing cuddles with her son

Charlotte sharing cuddles with her son

The Belfast Trust have confirmed that from Tuesday Billy Caldwell will now be able to recieve his cannabis oil medication at home.

12-year-old boy Billy suffers from severe epilepsy and found himself at the centre of a campaign to see cannabis oil licensed for medicinal use in the UK.

He returned home to Northern Ireland with his mother Charlotte last week after a campaign to get him access to the medication which his mum says stops his seizures.

The pair spent three weeks in London as Billy received medical treatment.

Billy has been travelling from his home in Castlederg, Co Tyrone to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital to receive his treatment since his return to Northern Ireland.

However, the Belfast Trust have agreed that Billy's medication will now be stored in Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry and healthcare professionals from the Western Trust will administer his medication twice daily.

"This will ensure continuity of Billy’s treatment," a Belfast Trust spokesperson said.

"This is a very satisfactory outcome for Billy and his mother while the Expert Panel considers the longer-term licence application.

"Clinical teams in both the Belfast Trust and Western Trust look forward to ensuring these localised arrangements are in place without delay. We very much hope that Billy and his mother will now be able to continue with Billy’s care within the calm of his home." 

SDLP MLA for West Tyrone Daniel McCrossan has said he was relieved to hear the news.

“I am glad common sense has finally prevailed and that Billy can get access to this life saving oil at home, surrounded by his friends and family, and not 80 miles away in Belfast," Mr McCrossan said.

Belfast Telegraph