Tyrone County Hospital’s Day Procedure Unit Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The Day Procedure Unit at the Tyrone County Hospital reached its 20th anniversary recently. To mark this significant milestone, patients, past and present staff and management gathered together for an afternoon of celebration and reminiscing.

Schools Create Artwork for new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex

A number of local school children have been using their creative talents to create a range of artwork to be displayed in the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex when it opens.

Chemotherapy Day Case refurbishment completed

The Western Trust is advising patients, relatives and staff that refurbishment work to extend the Chemotherapy Day Case area in the Sperrin Suite, Altnagelvin Hospital is now complete

Encouraging families to discuss Organ Donation

The Western Trust is encouraging families to sit down with their loved ones on 11 December 2015 and discuss their wishes on organ donation.

Adult Learning Disability Short Breaks Review

The Western Trust has published its report into the review of Adult Learning Disability Short Breaks (respite). The report highlights the many issues currently facing carers and it is anticipated that it will help inform decisions, for a more flexible system, for the delivery of short breaks into the future.

Car Parking Operational Procedures for the Altnagelvin and South West Acute Hospital Sites

The Western Trust has approved ‘Car Parking Operational Procedures’ for the Altnagelvin and South West Acute Hospital sites at its December Trust Board meeting.

Commitment of Western Trust Staff Celebrated

The seventh annual Western Trust Staff Recognition Awards were hosted by the Chairman of the Western Trust, Gerard Guckian and Chief Executive, Elaine Way to recognise the commitment and professionalism of Health and social care staff from across the Western Trust

Trust Urges Public to Choose Well

As the busy winter period approaches, the Western Trust is urging the public to choose the right service to meet their health and social care need before attending their local Emergency Department for a non-emergency reason

Health Minister visits Altnagelvin Area Hospital

Health Minister Simon Hamilton today visited Altnagelvin Area Hospital to hear how the new cardiology service had performed during its first year of 24/7 service and to view progress on the hospital’s new Radiotherapy Unit.

Cross border Nursing Award for HSE North West and Western Health and Social Care Trust collaboration

A Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland collaboration, the ‘Cross Border Senior Nurses and Midwives Forum,’ has been announced as winners of the Chief Nursing Officers' Award for Excellence in Cross Border Nursing for 2015

What Bullying Means to Me

NSPCC Northern Ireland, the NI Anti-Bullying Forum and the Western Trust e-Safety Steering Group have worked in partnership to deliver a cyber bullying seminar as part of Anti-Bullying Week 2015

New Community Respiratory Team to Be a Breath of Fresh Air for Respiratory Patients in the Western Trust

Patients with long term respiratory disease in the Western Trust area are benefiting from the launch of a new integrated Community Respiratory Team

Working together to tackle Alcohol Misuse

he Western Regional Alcohol Prevention Programme (WRAPP) has recently hosted a conference to showcase its portfolio of projects to address alcohol misuse in the local community.

Western Trust publishes Annual Quality Report

The Western Trust third Annual Quality Report has been published to coincide with World Quality Day 12 November 2015

Radiotherapy Centre - Public Events

The Western Trust is hosting Information Events on the new Radiotherapy Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital. The purpose of these events is to provide an update on the progress and development of this important new service

Western Trust Memory Service Recognised Internationally in Dementia Award

The Western Trust Memory Service is celebrating after being announced winners in the first ever University of Stirling International Dementia Awards, recently held in Birmingham.

Western Trust Launch Consultation on Proposed Closure of Racecourse Road Children’s Home and Reconfiguration of Services

The Western Trust launched a consultation on the proposed closure of Racecourse Road Children’s Home, Londonderry and the reconfiguration of its resources to further develop and enhance children’s services in line with its Reform Plan.

Western Trust Response to Consultation on Creamery House - Kesh Co. Fermanagh

At the meeting of the Trust Board on 5 November 2015 the Board agreed to move forward with the recommendations contained within the Creamery House Consultation Feedback Report.

Public Consultation Launched on the Future Implementation of Urology Services in the Western and Northern Trust areas

The Western and Northern Trusts today launched a joint consultation on the future implementation of Urology Services. The consultation describes how they plan to implement the 2009 Urology Review and establish Team North West, a Urology Clinical Network across the Northern and Western Trusts. The service model ensures that patients will access elective and non-elective Urology Services which are sustainable into the future.

Trust and British Lung Foundation launch first Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis support group in Northern Ireland

The Western Trust in partnership with the British Lung Foundation (BLF) today launched the first Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis support group in Northern Ireland at an event in the City Hotel, Londonderry.

Trust Hosts Living With and Beyond Prostate Cancer Event

The Trust are holding a ‘Living with and Beyond Prostate Cancer’ event on Monday 9 November 2015 at St Columb’s Park House, 4 Limavady Road, Londonderry from 12.30pm – 3.00pm.

Trust Hosts Inaugral Social Care Awards

The Trust honoured Social Care Workers at the inaugural Social Care Awards today at an event held at the Silverbirches Hotel in Omagh. The event was planned and coordinated by the Western Trust’s Social Services Learning, Development and Governance Team and acknowledges the outstanding contribution and dedication shown by the Social Care workforce employed within the Western Trust.

Stay Safe this Halloween

The Western Trust is reminding everyone young and old to stay safe this Halloween to avoid preventable attendances to our Emergency Departments.

Palliative Care – Much More Than Just Medical Need

The Western Trust is supporting Palliative Care Week by highlighting the different settings in which palliative care can be delivered, such as the hospice, in hospital, the Community or in the home

Multi Storey Car Park Development Opens at Altnagelvin

Today, Monday 19 October 2015 sees the opening of a new multi storey car park at the Western Trust’s Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry. The car park provides car parking spaces for patients, visitors and staff and is conveniently located close to the hospital’s main front entrance and the outpatients department. 


Western Trust supports ‘Too old at 4?’ theme during National Adoption Week 2015

The Western Trust is supporting National Adoption Week (19 – 25 October 2015) by highlighting the need for adoptive placements for children in need of families for life.

Furry Friend Attends Paediatric Diabetes Clinic

The Western Trust recently welcomed a very unique visitor to the paediatric diabetes clinic in Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry.

Stormont Health Committee visit Radiotherapy Unit

The Western Trust welcomed the Stormont Health, Public Safety and Social Services Committee to Altnagelvin Hospital where they held their weekly meeting at Trust Headquarters.

Western Trust and British Lung Foundation launch first Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group in Northern Ireland

As part of IPF Week 2015, the Western Trust is supporting the launch of the first Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group in Northern Ireland.

Smoke free help is at hand in the Western Trust

The Western Trust is offering smokers a free and flexible stop smoking service that is supported and run by specialist stop smoking practitioners.

Western Trust Encourages Women to be ‘Breast Aware’

October is breast cancer awareness month and the Western Trust is encouraging women to be ‘breast aware’. Breast cancer can occur at any age, however, the risk of developing it increases with age.

Altnagelvin Hospital to Hold Annual Babies and Children Service of Remembrance

The Western Trust is holding a Service of Remembrance in memory of babies who have died following miscarriage or stillbirth and neonatal and infant deaths on Sunday 11 October 2015.

Northern Ireland wide appeal for Health and Social Care Trust foster carers

“Could you brighten up a child’s world?” is the message from HSC Regional Adoption and Fostering Service this September as they launch the Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts regional fostering radio campaign. More HSC foster carers are needed across Northern Ireland in each of the five HSC Trust areas to provide safe, stable and loving homes for vulnerable children and young people for as long as they need them.

 Regional Traveller Health and Wellbeing Newsletter

The Western Trust, in partnership with the PHA and HSCB, have launched their Regional Traveller Health and Wellbeing Newsletter.

Western Trust Occupational Therapy Service leading the way to become Dementia Friendly Community Champions

The Western Trust Occupational Therapy Service is the first professional group within Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland to sign up to the Dementia Friendly Communities Initiative.

Western Trust asking parents to help protect their children this winter

The Western Trust School Nursing Team are asking parents to help protect their children this winter by ensuring they take up the childhood flu vaccination programme which will be offered to all primary school children over the next few months.

Western Trust Unveils Artwork to Commemorate Organ Donation

The Western Trust recently unveiled artwork in Altnagelvin and South West Acute Hospitals to publicly acknowledge the wonderfully altruistic act of donating organs and tissues and to commemorate and give recognition to organ donors and the families of donors.

Trust Receives Prestigious Queens Award

Western Trust volunteers were officially recognised for their outstanding care and support to patients and families in the hospitals and local communities at a ceremony held in the Garden of Reflection, Londonderry.

Volunteers received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. This is the first time a health trust in Northern Ireland has received this prestigious award.

Western Trust launches Calendar of local events to promote Mental Health and prevent Suicide

The Western Trust is leading the way in the promotion of mental health and suicide prevention through a number of planned events to mark both World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September 2015) and World Mental Health Day (10 October 2015).

The Western Trust in partnership with the British Lung Foundation (BLF) wants to hear from people suffering with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) as they look to launch a new peer support group.

Advancing Respiratory Healthcare in the Western Trust

Patients with long term respiratory disease in the Western Trust area are benefiting from a new service being led by Respiratory Case Management Pharmacist Carla Jones.

Western Trust formally opens Emergency Department refurbishment

The Western Trust formally opened Altnagelvin’s newly refurbished Emergency Department recently.

At the meeting of the Trust Board on 6 August 2015, it was agreed to move forward with the recommendations contained within the Reform of Day Care Services Consultation Feedback Report.

The Trust was consulting on 20 individual proposals for the reform of day care for older people across the entire Trust area and asking stakeholders for their views on this proposed reform.

The Western Trust launched a consultation on Proposed Changes to the Provision of Statutory Residential Care for Older People today Friday 7 August 2015.

South West Acute Hospital Celebrates Baby Friendly Status

The Western Trust is celebrating during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week as the South West Acute Hospital successfully achieved UNICEF UK Baby Friendly accreditation

Altnagelvin Hospital Celebrates 14 Years Baby Friendly Status

The Western Trust is celebrating during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week (1 – 7 August 2015) as Altnagelvin Hospital successfully achieved UNICEF UK Baby Friendly accreditation for the fourteenth year. Altnagelvin has held this status longer than any other hospital setting within Northern Ireland and was one of the first hospitals in the UK to attain the accolade

Public cooperation requested with infection control measures at Altnagelvin Hospital

The Western Trust is asking for the cooperation of the public with increased infection control measures and is asking people not to visit patients in Altnagelvin Hospital if they are feeling unwell themselves

New Location for Breast Screening Mobile Unit at Ráth Mór Centre, Creggan

The National Health Service Breast Screening Programme which previously called women to the breast screening centre at Altnagelvin Hospital for breast screening mammograms has developed, in conjunction with Ráth Mór Centre in Creggan, a new site beside the shopping centre to locate their new digital mobile unit.

'Rapid Response Nursing Team Making Positive Impact'

Health Minister Simon Hamilton has commended the work of the Rapid Response Nursing Service during a visit to the Western Area Trust. The Rapid Response Nursing Service is a community based Acute Nursing Service which operates from 8.00am to 12midnight, seven days per week to provide acute nursing care to patients in their local area and where required in their own home.

New Breastfeeding Support Group Launching in Omagh

The Western Trust is launching a new Breastfeeding Support Group in Omagh Library on Tuesday 7 July 2015 from 11.00 am – 1.00 pm.

Ardnashee School Pupils Improve their Oral Health

Pupils and staff from Ardnashee School recently helped the Community Dental Team in the Western Trust to celebrate National Smile Month with the launch of a new Oral Health Information site for parents of children who attend the special school.

Stay Safe this Summer

The Western Trust are reminding parents and children of all ages to play safe this summer to avoid preventable attendances to our Emergency Departments (A&E)

RCSI President unveils plaque to acknowledge quality teaching at South West Acute Hospital

The Western Trust recently welcomed Mr Declan J. Magee, President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) to officially unveil a plaque recognising the South West Acute Hospital as an undergraduate teaching centre of excellence.

Every Feed Counts, Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2015

The Western Trust celebrates National Breastfeeding Awareness Week on the 20 – 26 June 2015. This year the Health Improvement Department want to emphasise ‘Every Feed Counts’, when breastfeeding your baby, to help towards their physical and mental wellbeing.

Men in Ireland die, on average, almost four and a half years younger than women.  Males have higher death rates than women for all of the leading causes of death and at all ages.  Poor lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases and late presentation to health services leads to a large number of problems becoming untreatable.

Western Trust unveils State-of-the-art Telerobot

A new state-of-the-art Telerobot, which allows clinical specialists to provide patient care remotely, is now in place at Tyrone County Hospital in Omagh.

Western Trust encourages everyone to commit to building a safer community for our older citizens

The Western Trust and Local Adult Safeguarding Partnership member organisations are among the first in Northern Ireland to sign an International Declaration on 15 June 2015 to mark World Elder Abuse Day.

Men’s Health Week


Men’s Health Week launches on Monday 15th June 2015 and calls on everyone to do something practical to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of local men and boys.

Celebrating Carers Week 2015

During Carers Week 2015 the Western Trust is celebrating all those informal Carers of all ages who are the back bone of the health and social care service at a number of special events.

31st Annual Cardiology Update held in South West Acute Hospital

Cardiac patients across the Western Trust area, Northern Ireland and further afield look set to benefit from a showcase 31st anniversary Cardiology Update held in the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen on Friday 5 June 2015.

Discovery to Recovery – Mental Health Awareness Event

The Western Trust today launched its Recovery College for the northern sector of the Trust, as part of its ‘Discovery to Recovery’ health fair event at Guildhall, Londonderry. 

The Rossville Group 20th Anniversary Celebrations

The Rossville Group has celebrated 20 years of supporting training and employment for people living with disability in the Londonderry area. The celebrations were highlighted with a day of events including a prize giving ceremony, a photographic exhibit in Eden Place Arts Centre, supported by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland and a showcase of singing talent by some of the services’ clients.

Discovery to Recovery – Mental Health Awareness Event

The Trust today launched the 'Recovery College' at the as part of its ‘Discovery to Recovery’ health fair event at Guildhall, Londonderry. The Recovery College will offer a range of educational courses and workshops designed to promote well-being and recovery. The courses will aim to help people recognise and develop their own personal resourcefulness and resilience, become experts in their own self-care and work towards achieving their own goals and ambitions.

Health and wellbeing campus for Altnagelvin - Western Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support unveil joint plans

The Western Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support have unveiled plans for a new Health and Wellbeing Campus at Altnagelvin Area Hospital for patients, carers and their families living with cancer and other long term conditions such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, arthritis and hypertension.

Western Trust Volunteers recognised with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2015

Western Trust Volunteers have today been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK

Western Trust celebrate their youngest teachers

A group of 15 local babies and their families were congratulated recently for their contribution to teaching the internationally recognised “Roots of Empathy” classroom programme to children from local schools in Omagh and Fermanagh.

Every week in the Western Trust a child is taken into care! Could you open your heart to give a child a loving home?

Launching Foster Care Fortnight Kieran Downey, Director of Women and Children’s Services at the (Western Trust has emphasised the urgent need for more foster carers.

Head of Pharmacy recognised with National Award

The Western Trust is congratulating the success of Anne Friel, Head of Pharmacy and Medicines Management, at the annual Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists conference.

Altnagelvin - First Hospital in NI Working to become Dementia Friendly

The Western Trust has today launched their ‘Dementia Friendly Hospital’ project at Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry.

Public Invited to Share Experiences of Palliative Care

A campaign is underway inviting patients, carers and families to share stories about good and not so good experiences of care to help improve services for people with non-curable and serious illnesses.

Tempo Road Day Centre Users encouraged to go online!

A social work student is helping older people get online at Temp Road Day Centre, Enniskillen.

Local Cancer Service Development Project recognised at Nursing Standard Awards

The Northern Ireland Transforming Cancer Follow Up (TCFU) programme was recently recognised at the Nursing Standard Awards.

Trust Celebrates and Gives Thanks to Nurses on International Nurses Day

On Tuesday 12 May the Trust celebrated the many achievements and improvements in care that has been made by Trust nurses and midwives, in our hospitals and within the local community. Events were held at the South West Acute Hospital, Altnagelvin Hospital and Tyrone County Hospital to mark International Nurses Day.

Talk, Plan, Live’ during Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015

The Western Trust, in partnership with the North West and South West Regional Colleges and the Foyle Hospice are encouraging everyone to talk openly to their loved ones about their preferred wishes, instructions and plans in the event of their death, either sudden or anticipated during Dying Matters Awareness Week (18 – 22 May 2015).

Congratulations to Mental Health Nursing Student Mark Collins

Congratulations to third-year Mental Health Nursing student Mark Collins who was crowned winner of the prestigious Andrew Parker Nurse Award for his art therapy project that has improved patients’ self-esteem and social skills.

The Western Trust Health Improvement Department is reminding people of the dangers of exposure to the sun and the use of sun beds as ‘Care in the Sun Week’ begins on Monday 4 May 2015.

Western Trust welcomes new Permanent Secretary to the South West Acute Hospital

The Western Trust  welcomed Richard Pengelly, Permanent Secretary for Northern Ireland on his first visit to the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen.

Health Ministers visit Altnagelvin Hospital

Today at Altnagelvin Hospital Health Minister Jim Wells, along with the Irish Health Minister, Leo Varadkar,  viewed progress with the new cardiology service and then visited the site of the hospital’s new Radiotherapy Unit.

Tyrone County Hospital’s Renal Unit to hold a Thanksgiving and Remembrance Service

The Western Trust Renal Unit at the Tyrone County Hospital are holding their third Thanksgiving and Remembrance Service on Wednesday 29 April at 7.30pm in the Tara Centre, Omagh.

South West Acute Hospital to Hold Annual Baby Remembrance Service

The Western Trust is holding a Remembrance Service in memory of babies who have died following miscarriage or stillbirth and neonatal and infant deaths on Sunday 26 April 2014.

In Northern Ireland there are around 900 cases of bowel cancer each year. It is common at any age but is primarily a cancer of the over 50s. It is however very treatable, especially if diagnosed early.

The Western Trust approved its draft savings plan for 2015/16 at its Trust Board meeting on 2 April 2015. The draft savings plan will be submitted to the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) for their consideration and approval.

Historic Visit to New Omagh Hospital Construction Site

As the tenure of Omagh District Council drew to a close, the Western Trust took the opportunity to invite all current and previous members of the Council’s Health Care Joint Liaison Group to join the Western Trust on a visit to the construction site for the new £105m Omagh hospital.

Minister meets with Suicide Think Tank

Health Minister Jim Wells today praised the proactive role that the Western Trust is taking at addressing mental health issues. The Minister was speaking as he visited Grangewood crisis unit in Londonderry, which provides inpatient acute mental health care, alongside a 24 hour, seven days a week crisis response and home treatment service.

Rheumatology Research Information Evening

The Western Trust is inviting Rheumatoid Arthritis patients and Ankylosing Spondylitis patients to come along to an information evening on Thursday 2 April 2015 at the C-TRIC Building, Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry from 6.45pm to 8pm

Trust Pays Tribute to Derry Mayor, Brenda Stevenson

The Trust hosted the outgoing Mayor of Derry, Brenda Stevenson at an informal reception at Trust Headquarters and presented her with an honorary Staff Recognition Award.

On World TB Day the Western Trust is taking the opportunity to raise awareness of tuberculosis to help stop transmission of the disease, by encouraging early diagnosis and treatment.

Transforming Respiratory Care

In line with Transforming Your Care programme, the Respiratory teams in the Trust have enhanced the service for patients living with long term respiratory disease. The highly experienced teams, based at Altnagelvin and South West Acute hospitals, have developed a range of diverse services to improve patient care having been inspired by research and visits to award-winning teams in England. One of the developments is the introduction of virtual clinic working with community and primary care offering: Virtual Respiratory outreach clinics; Respiratory outreach clinics; and Respiratory email and phone advice service.

Omagh Local Enhanced Hospital

2015 is shaping up to be a very busy year for all involved with Omagh Enhanced Local Hospital.

Michael MacCrossan, Project Lead, describes below how the project is progressing and the key milestones that will be achieved over the coming months. "Anyone who is familiar with or recently visited the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital in Omagh can't but notice the huge tower cranes that dominate the skyline. These cranes stand over the site of the new Omagh Hospital and have been in operation since work on the site started in early summer 2014. They will remain for much of the construction phase which is expected to be completed by autumn 2016."

Cancer Survivor Praises Altnagelvin Staff

Mrs Bronagh Corry who survived two battles with breast cancer shared her incredibly moving story at a recent Trust Board meeting.

Trust Welcomes New Breast Feeding Support Volunteers

The Trust is delighted to welcome six local mums as new recruits to the Breastfeeding Support Network. Six local mums successfully qualified in an eight week Open Course Network training course in breastfeeding, which is run in conjunction with the Western Trust, Public Health Agency and supported by SureStart Edenballymore. This course provides Volunteers with a nationally recognised qualification in breastfeeding support.

Industrial Action


Members of the public will be aware that some trade unions are taking strike action on Friday 13 March 2015. Western Trust managers and staff have worked closely with local trades unions representatives who have agreed to ensure safe service provision during the planned industrial action.

The Western Trust is seeking talented, highly motivated doctors across a range of specialties. Over 50 posts, at various levels for both permanent and fixed term positions, are currently being recruited by the Trust.  

The Western Trust is ‘Proud to be a Quitter’ as it celebrates one year Smokefree this No Smoking Day.

Trust Celebrates One Year Smokefree

The Trust is ‘Proud to be a Quitter’ as it celebrates one year Smokefree this No Smoking Day (11 March 2015). Patients, visitors and Trust employees are reaping the benefits of a healthier, cleaner and more pleasant Smokefree environment.


Trust Social Workers through to Final of the Northern Ireland Social Work Awards 2015

The Trust's ‘Social Services Training Team’ have been selected as finalists in the Northern Ireland Regional Social Work Awards 2015. The Team, have been shortlisted in the Learning and Development Team Award for their outstanding delivery of a varied and stimulating training programme and commitment to sharing the ethos and values of Social Work with a whole new generation of Social Workers.

Project Charter signed for Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital

The Trust is delighted to mark another major milestone for the new Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital, with the signing of a Project Charter.

We would like to thank you for your continued patience and goodwill as we undertake major improvements at Altnagelvin Hospital. Whilst we continue to make every effort to minimise disruption, construction activity may from time to time have an impact on visitors as they drive around the hospital site. It is advised to allow an extra 10 minutes when arriving for an appointment, especially if you require a parking space.

Dementia Award for Majella

Majella Magee, Service Improvement Lead for Older Peoples Mental Health, has been recognised at the recent Northern Ireland Dementia Achievement Awards Ceremony.

Majella was among other service providers both within health and the wider community including Carers themselves who were acknowledged for the commitment and dedication to improving services for patients and their families. Majella took Runner up in the Dementia Education Initiative Category. St Cecilias College in Derry, working in partnership with the DEED project, Old Library Trust were the winners of this category. Family Carers from the Western Trust area, Teresa McGlinchey and Lisa and Donna O’Donnell jointly won the Family Carer of the Year Award.

Community Staff Nurse Alison Scoops Top Prize

The Trust congratulates Community Staff Nurse Alison Robb from Castlederg, Co Tyrone who received the Philip Goodeve-Docker Memorial Award by the Queen's Nursing Institute. Alison was presented with her award at the annual nursing award ceremony held recently at the University of Ulster. This prize is an educational award for the most outstanding student within the Specialist Practice District Nursing Programme.

 Trust in partnership with Extern launches new information booklet on their Specialist Foster Care Service

With a significant increase in the number of children and young people coming into care in Northern Ireland, the Trust's Specialist Foster Care Service has launched a new information booklet in partnership with Extern which provides advice and support on offer for families who wish to foster a young person.

The National Health Service Breast Screening Programme which previously called women in the Coleraine area to be screened at a mobile unit located at Causeway Hospital will have a new location for the mobile. This year the mobile will be located at Dunnes Stores, 5 Bannside Wharf in the town.

Project Charter signed for new Omagh Local Enhanced Hospital

The Trust is delighted to mark another major milestone for the new Omagh Local Enhanced Hospital project with the signing of a Project Charter. 

Keeping Young People Safe Online

‘Let’s Create a Better Internet Together is the key message for Safer Internet Day 2015, being celebrated on Tuesday 10 February 2015.  The internet has changed almost every aspect of our daily lives. It provides great opportunities for young people, if they are equipped with the knowledge of the potential risks associated with social media.  One of the leading experts in online safety will be in the North West for a key seminar designed to support those who work with young people in to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology online to mark the worldwide initiative.

Keep Warm Keep Well

Keep Warm Keep Well

The Trust is encouraging staff, clients, patients and members of the public to keep warm and well. Winter is traditionally a busy period for the Trust. It brings a range of winter ailments including coughs, colds, and the flu all of which are spread easily. People with chronic long term health problems can see these exacerbated, for example those with breathing problems like Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD – a disease of the lungs) find the cold damp weather makes breathing harder.

 Trust Pilots New Falls Prevention Training Course

The Trust has launched a new falls prevention training course for community workers and leaders involved with older peoples groups in the Western Trust area. Fifteen people representing these groups attended the half day course at the Tara Centre in Omagh this week.

Well Deserved Retirement for Altnagelvin’s Longest Serving Member of Staff

The longest serving member of Altnagelvin Hospital staff, Roberta Temple is retiring today (Monday 26 January 2015) after five decades of dedicated service in the Laundry Department.

Altnagelvin’s Midwifery Led Unit Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

The Midwifery Led Birthing Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry/Londonderry has celebrated its fifth anniversary.

The unit officially opened to expectant women back in January 2010 to offer more choice for women with low risk pregnancies in the Western area. Since opening, the highly skilled and dedicated Midwives have helped deliver over 3,100 births. Over 440 of the women using the unit have opted to have water births in the birthing pool suites, demonstrating some of the benefits of delivery in the Midwifery Led Unit.

2015 - An important Year for Altnagelvin's Radiotherapy Unit

As the development of the Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital enters an important year for construction, staff recruitment, and public engagement; Una Cardin, Radiotherapy Unit Manager speaks about the progress of the unit so far and what is in store for 2015 going forward.

Trust support workers awarded for outstanding achievement

Western Trust support workers were recently awarded an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award'  at the inaugural Advancing Healthcare Awards event.

Trust staff working hard to maintain healthcare provision

Trust staff in both hospital and community settings have been working very hard to maintain the provision of health and social care services during the recent period of adverse weather

Fresh Focus and Supportive Employment programme participants celebrate recent achievements

The Trust's Fresh Focus and Supportive Employment programme based at Strathroy Outreach Centre, Omagh held a presentation ceremony recently at the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work and achievements of service users.

Trust to Host Safer Internet Day

The Western Trust has organised a 'Safer Internet Day' event on 10th February 2015 in the North West Regional College, Student Zone, Strand Road campus at 2pm. 

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