Women’s Centre Opens at Tyrone County Hospital
The Western Trust is opening a new ‘Women’s Centre’ based in the Tyrone County Hospital to provide local clinics for women in the Omagh area. Whilst the centre will initially provide midwife-led antenatal clinics and fetal assessment, plans are in place to introduce outpatient gynaecology clinics in the near future. The Women’s Centre will open on Wednesday 19 May 2010.
Clinical Director of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Dr Michael Parker said: “We are delighted to be establishing a Women’s Centre at the Tyrone County Hospital which will centrally host a range of women-focused services for local women.”
Dr Parker continued: “By establishing a Women’s Centre in Omagh we aim to provide an improved service for all women using obstetric and gynaecology services, ensuring an equitable service for all. We also hope this new centre will best use our capacity for outpatient and daycase services.”
The Centre will host Community Midwives who were previously located at Omagh Health Centre and will bring new services to the area where previously women were required to travel to the Erne or Altnagelvin Hospital. A new Fetal Assessment Unit is part of the Women’s Centre and will be open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday for all women over 20 weeks gestation from Omagh and the surrounding areas, for antenatal assessment. The service will be led by midwives with consultant input as required. There will be no inpatient maternity or gynaecology services at the Women’s Centre.
The full range of services planned for the Women’s Centre (previously known as ward 4) in the Tyrone County Hospital include:
Midwifery bookings and review clinics
Anti D Clinics for mothers who are Rh negative blood type
Fetal Assessment Unit
Consultant gynaecology clinics
Director of Women and Children’s Services, Mr John Doherty congratulated staff for their commitment to the development of the Women’s Centre: “I am certain that the establishment of the Centre and introduction of new services at the Tyrone County Hospital will benefit many women in the Omagh and surrounding areas. The commitment and innovative thinking of our Midwives and Consultants is to be credited in the establishment of the Women’s Centre, and also the local support and endorsement from GP practices.”
From 19 May 2010 the new Women’s Centre can be contacted on telephone: 028 82833816 or fax: 028 82833817.