Published Friday, 22 June 2012
Protesters outside the Northen Trust headquarters on Friday. (© UTV)
The head of the Trust says they will not be recommending the closure of the Coleraine based hospital's A&E in the medium term.
But he said there could be problems sustaining both of the trust's hospitals - the Causeway and Antrim Area - in the longer term.
The Health Minister will announce his decision on the future of health care in Northern Ireland on 4 July.
Retired surgeon Dr John Robb was involved in the original plan for the Causeway Hospital - and organised Friday's protest.
"You are on the slippery slope down the road to losing departments in the hospital and ultimately as we've seen in Northern Ireland in a number of places the hospital itself disappears," he said.
"I think it would be very dangerous [to remove the A&E] because you do have conditions which need to be treated pretty much immediately."
He added: "I believe in the people's protest and I believe in the right of people to express their opinion and because of that, I do believe there will be a re-think of the A&E in the Causeway, Coleraine."
Dr Robb said the problem facing the hospital was not just a problem for Coleraine itself.
He added that the people protesting on Friday were from all over north Antrim and the triangle area of Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine.
Mike Jones, chairman of the Castlerock Community Association, said the Causeway A&E is particularly important to the elderly community and to parents of young children.
He said for the people of Castlerock, a longer trip to Antrim Hospital by ambulance could be "a matter of life and death."
"It is unacceptable."