2011

Meet one of the Trust's Primary Care Coordinators, Joan Turnbull

Background: Married/Children/Living/Occupation: What’s your professional background? What’s your role within the Western Trust?

 

When I was approached to share my role with the readers I thought who on earth wants to know about me, then I thought well I’ll get to share information on Primary Care and Older People’s services in the Western Trust. I am married to Gordon, happily, and for a long time, we have one daughter and three sons, all living in Scotland/England since they went to university, were employed and met their partners over there so needless to say I miss them ‘a lot’. We also have a granddaughter Emily who is our little star.

Give Something Extra This Christmas

‘A single organ donor can save up to five lives’ was the key message at the launch of an organ donation campaign at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Mayor visits Altnagelvin Hospital

Western Trust Chairman Gerard Guckian and Chief Executive Elaine Way welcomed Derry City Council Mayor Alderman Maurice Devenney to Altnagelvin Hospital today.  The Mayor visited a number of hospital wards including Ward 46 Postnatal and met with staff and patients.

Santa makes a Video Call to Altnagelvin

Children and young people in the Children’s Ward (6 & 16) in Altnagelvin Hospital recently welcomed a unique visit from the man of the moment, Santa Claus. Santa took time out of his busy schedule to talk to the children via video link live from the North Pole and sent Mrs Claus and his elves to the hospital to help give out the presents on his behalf.

The Northwest Bereaved by Suicide Support Group and Roe Valley Bereaved by Suicide Group are holding their annual ‘Memory Tree of Lights’ ceremonies. These events are held to remember loved ones lost to suicide and to support family and friends during the holiday season, which can be an especially difficult time.

Two eating disorders carers support groups have been established in the Western Trust area. The groups will provide information and support to families and carers of people with an eating disorder and will provide an opportunity to give and receive support from others with similar experiences.

 

Local respiratory team receive charity award

The British Lung Foundation’s (BLF) local lung support group, Breathe Easy Derry nominated the Respiratory Team at the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) for the ‘Outstanding Healthcare in the Community’ Breath of Fresh Air award 2011.

The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) and Trade Union Side organisations recognise the need for safe service provision during the industrial action planned for Wednesday 30 November 2011.

Commitment of Western Trust Staff Celebrated

The commitment of Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) staff to patients and clients has been celebrated at a special staff awards ceremony.

Half year to Target Completion of New Acute Hospital

With only six months to go until Northern Ireland Health Group complete the construction of the new £276million acute hospital and the facilities are really taking shape.  The room validation process has just started and the first wards at the hospital are very near completion.

RQIA Visit New South West Hospital

Joe Lusby, Western Trust Deputy Chief Executive welcomed the Regulation Quality and Improvement Authority (RQIA) Board members to view progress at the new hospital for the South West during a visit to the site last week.  RQIA Board members were taken on a tour of the new state of the art hospital which will open in June 2012.

Minister launches £500,000 project to improve health and wellbeing in North West

The Western Health and Social Care Trust today welcomed the Health Minister, Edwin Poots to Londonderry to launch a £500,000 project designed to improve health and well being in some of the most deprived areas of the North West.

New technologies benefit both the patient and the economy

New technologies and innovative research are key to the development of our health sector, Health Minister Edwin Poots has said.

Trust welcomes Health Minister to view Family Nurse Partnership Project

The Health Minister today came face to face with some of the mums and their babies being supported by a new initiative being piloted in the Western Health and Social Care Trust aimed at young vulnerable parents

Cross border vascular workshop in Enniskillen

The Western Health and Social Care Trust’s Department of Surgery held a cross border workshop recently to showcase the latest techniques used to treat varicose veins. The workshop held in Enniskillen, was attended by vascular surgeons and clinical staff from the Western Trust, the Southern Trust and the HSE. The event was co-ordinated by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) Acute Hospitals project, which is utilising European Union’s INTERREG IVA funding to progress a number of cross border acute hospital services along the entire border region.

Trust appeals for adoptive families

The Western Trust is supporting National Adoption Week 2011 (31 October to 6 November) to encourage people from all walks of life to come forward and find out more about the adoption process. This year the Trust is highlighting the needs of children who often wait the longest for adoption.

Support booklet for families launched

Families of patients who have self-harmed or had suicidal thoughts are getting advice on they can support their relative through the traumatic experience. The advice is in a new support booklet for families published by the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) in association with the Public Health Agency (PHA).

A total of 42 patients have been moved from wards on the Western Trust’s Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital site in Omagh as a precautionary measure, due to the possibility of flooding.

Human Milk Bank Needs More Donors

The Western Trust Human Milk Bank is urgently asking more new mums to donate breast milk as stocks are getting low at one of the busiest times of the year for the unit. 

Long Term Conditions - The support is out there

The Western Trust in association with the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Fermanagh District Policing Partnership recently hosted a Long Term Conditions Information Day at the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen.

Improving services for people with Autism

Two new initiatives have been launched by the Health and Social Care Board's Regional Autistic Spectrum Disorder Network (RASDN) to improve information and services for parents, carers and users of autism services

DVD premier for parents to be

Expectant mothers planning to deliver at Altnagelvin Hospital can now avail of a new virtual tour of the hospital’s maternity suite. The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) has developed and released an informative DVD to give parents a preview of the maternity facilities before the birth of their baby.

Could you be a foster carer?

A local foster carer has lent her support to an appeal from the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) which is currently seeking foster carers.

New Acute Hospital for the South West on track for completion

The New Acute Hospital remains on track for construction completion in May 2012 and opening its doors to patients on the 22 June 2012.

Launch of Milky Way

07/10/2011
Launch of Milky Way

The Western Trust together with Sure Start are delighted with the success of The ‘Milkey Way’ Breastfeeding Support Group in Lisanelly and Strathroy Sure Start, Omagh.

Getting Help Made Easier - Trust launches 'Get Help for the Person' resource

The Western Trust, in association with the Public Health Agency (PHA), have published a comprehensive leaflet for people needing information about mental health services available in the Western Trust area. The Trust’s Adult and Childrens’ Mental Health Services launched the ‘Get Help for the Person’ leaflet in support of World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2011.

Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland and Health Minister, Edwin Poots have officially opened a new residential housing scheme in Omagh

The £2million Mulhern Close scheme provides purpose built accommodation for Western Trust patients who resided in long stay learning disability hospitals across Northern Ireland

The Western Trust and UNISON recognise the need for safe service provision during the industrial action planned for Wednesday 5 October 2011.

Could you be a foster carer?

An Omagh foster carer has lent his support to an appeal from the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) which is urgently seeking foster carers.

Future Healthcare NI are in the final 10 the 25K Awards

C-TRIC, Northern Ireland’s Healthcare Innovation hub  based at Altnagelvin Hospital, is working in close collaboration with Northern Ireland start up, Future Healthcare NI,  to improve clinical and operational communication within healthcare.

Western Trust staff clean up at awards ceremony

The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) has swept the boards at a major awards ceremony recognising excellence in cleaning in health trust facilities.

Trust particpates in Patient and Client Council Enniskillen Roadshow

Representatives from the Western Trust attended the Patient and Client Council’s western area roadshow, held in the Clinton Centre, Enniskillen on Tuesday 14 September. Joe Lusby, Deputy Chief Executive of the Western Trust was also part of the panel for the evening.

Western Trust nurses win RCN Leadership Challenge for second year

A team of nurses from the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) has won the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Northern Ireland Leadership Challenge for the second year running.

£10.4m Mental Health Crisis Unit

Western Health and Social Care Trust Chief Executive, Elaine Way visited the site of the Western Trust’s new £10.4m state-of-the-art Mental Health Crisis Unit on the Gransha site, Londonderry.  Construction of the new facility started in January 2011 and is expected to be completed in July 2012.

Public cooperation requested for infection control measures

The Western Health and Social Care Trust is asking for the cooperation of the public with increased infection control measures and is requesting people not to visit patients in Altnagelvin Hospital if they have been feeling unwell themselves.

Members of the public are invited to a meeting on Tuesday 20 September, 7.30pm, in the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady to discuss plans for setting up a support group for those bereaved by suicide in the Limavady Borough area.

Bumps and Babies Welcome at new Omagh Breastfeeding Support Group

The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) together with Sure Start are inviting mums and mums-to-be to join a new Breastfeeding Support Group at Lisanelly and Strathroy Sure Start, Strathroy, Omagh.

 

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World Suicide Preventation Day - Saturday 10 September

10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day, and is an opportunity to highlight this important issue. In 2010, 313 deaths in Northern Ireland were registered as suicide, and on average someone in the world takes their own life every 40 seconds.

Western Trust Launches New Regional Uniform

A new regional uniform being rolled out across Northern Ireland, including the Western Health and Social Care Trust, will make it easier for the public to identify who they are interacting with in healthcare settings such as hospitals.

Suicide is everyone’s business: Targeted events to promote mental health and prevent suicide in the Western Trust area

The Western Health and Social Care Trust is leading on a number of planned events to mark World Suicide Prevention Day, Saturday 10 September and World Mental Health Day on Monday 10 October.

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome – What Foster Carers Need to Know

The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) has launched an information leaflet on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome aimed at increasing support for foster carers who provide substitute care for children. The leaflet, which was developed in association with the local Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Support Group for Foster Carers, was launched this week to mark World Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Day on Friday 9 September.

Woman's Will Brings Lifeline for Lung Patients

People in the North West suffering from severe chest illnesses are being treated in a newly refurbished unit – thanks to a Londonderry woman who bequeathed nearly £50,000 in her will.

 A range of stimulating summer activity programmes for children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder is currently being rolled out in the Western  Trust area. Funding from the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme, secured by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) cross border partnership, is enabling the Western Trust to provide an extensive programme of more than 200 family support activity placements across the Trust area during the Summer.

 

Meet Altnagelvin's Hospital Services Manager, John Paul McGinley

JohnPaul McGinley is the Hospital Services Manager at Altnagelvin Area Hospital. John Paul has been working with the Trust since 2007 and worked in Belfast, London and Glasgow previously.

Western Trust invests £2.2million in new Avalon Respite Centre

Children and young people with disabilities and their families have been benefitting from a new respite centre thanks to a £2.2million investment by the Western Trust.

Family Nurse Partnership an ongoing success

The Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) are delighted to highlight the ongoing success of the first Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme in Northern Ireland.

Poots announces £75million for new Omagh Hospital

Health Minister Edwin Poots today announced £75million for the first phase of a new local hospital in Omagh.

 

 In making this announcement during a visit to Omagh today, Mr Poots said: “I can confirm that I have made £75million available for the first phase of the new hospital in Omagh. This new facility will include a Health and Care centre with GP accommodation and will have intermediate care beds, a renal dialysis unit and a new Central Sterile Supplies Department.

Step this way for a healthier you

The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) Health Improvement Department is encouraging people to pull on their walking boots or trainers and ‘Walk for Health’.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder - summer activity programmes for children and young people in the Western Trust area

A range of stimulating summer activity programmes for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder is currently being rolled out in the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) area

Strabane Goes Aquanatal

Expectant mums in the Strabane area are benefitting from a programme of activities promoting fitness during pregnancy organised by the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) and funded by SureStart.

Vomiting virus

 

A ward at Altnagelvin Hospital has been temporarily closed to admissions due to an increase of vomiting and diarrhoea among patients.  

Western Trust thanks Friends of Altnagelvin

The Western Trust has thanked the Friends of Altnagelvin Hospital for their ongoing support and fundraising efforts

Accredited cervical smear testing service to be provided in Ireland

Biomnis Ireland and Western Health and Social Care Trust sign agreement

Biomnis Ireland, the largest private provider of medical testing and specialised medical pathology in the country

and the Western Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland have signed a two-year agreement to provide an accredited and sustainable cervical smear testing service on the island of Ireland.  This innovative collaboration between public and private sectors represents a significant development in the Irish pathology sector, particularly in the provision of indigenous cytology services.

Brain Bus supporting people with memory problems event a huge success.

People with memory problems are being encouraged to avail of support provided by the Western Health and Social Care Trust including the Trust’s Memory Assessment Service.

 

Those with an interest in memory problems, including Western Trust staff, clients, carers and relatives saw at first hand the latest technology designed to enhance the lives of people with memory problems when the Brain Bus visited Omagh recently

Praise for cross border health work from EU Commissioner Hahn

EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn had the opportunity to hear at first hand from the cross border health partnership, Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT), about the tremendous strides being made in cross border health and social care services, when opening the ‘Peace Bridge’ in Derry-Londonderry recently. A delegation from CAWT met the EU Commissioner in the city to brief him on the 12 cross border health and social care services underway through CAWT’s ‘Putting Patients, Clients and Families First’ initiative, which has received £24 million sterling / €30 million euros from the EU INTERREG IVA programme.

Western Trust Invests In Staff Health

The Western Trust has launched a health and wellbeing strategy focusing on the needs of staff. The Trust aims to create an environment in which the promotion of health and wellbeing is central. It will continue to implement policies and practices which are designed to address staff needs, promote the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of staff and provide a supportive work environment.

Taoiseach visits site of planned radiotherapy unit‬‪

The Chairman of the Western Trust personally thanked Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD for his Government's commitment to the radiotherapy project at Altnagelvin when Mr Kenny visited the site of the new unit at the weekend.

 

 

Safe Summer Sun

23/06/2011

A senior doctor in the Western Trust's Accident and Emergency Department is calling for all children of all ages to play safe this summer.

Meet Brian McFetridge - Consultant Nurse in Critical Care

Brian McFetridge is the Trust’s Nurse Consultant in Critical Care with responsibilities Trust wide. He has been working in the Trust since summer 2009. 

The Brain Bus is coming to Omagh Leisure Centre car park on 29 June 2011 from 11am-3pm to demonstrate therapeutic recreation for people with memory impairment in the Western Trust area.

Western Trust cares for local carers

Carers took time out at a special event in the City Hotel, Londonderry, as part of Carers Week 2011 thanks to the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust). Carers Week ran from 13 June to 19 June and had the theme ‘The True Face of Carers’.

 

 

 

Western Trust cares for local carers

Carers from Tyrone and Fermanagh took time out at a special event in Lusty Beg, Fermanagh, as part of Carers Week 2011 thanks to the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust).

 

The Western Trust sees domiciliary care as an essential means of enabling people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

Western Trust nurses recognised for professionalism

The work of a Western Health and Social Care Trust nurse with patients with rectal cancer has been recognised at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Nurse of the Year Awards.

The Western Trust is inviting mums, mums-to-be and local school children to a Breastfeeding morning at Saint Columbs Park House on Tuesday 21 June 2011 between 10am an 1pm. The event, organised by the Trust to mark National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, aims to promote the importance of breastfeeding as the best possible way to feed a baby and provide a networking opportunity for those interested and involved in breastfeeding. 

Diabetes is on the increase in Northern Ireland, as it is worldwide. In the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) area during 2009/10 there were 11,567 people living with diabetes. This reflects a 7% increase from the number of people registered during 2008/09 - the largest increase in Northern Ireland in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes last year.

 

Fostering provides a rewarding challenge

A local foster carer is encouraging others to take up the rewarding challenge of opening their homes to children by fostering. Joan McGerrigle was among carers who attended an event recently as part of Fostering Fortnight to highlight the importance of fostering.

Trust promotes Mens Health Week events

The Trust will be running and supporting a number of staff and public events to mark National Men’s Health Week between the 13 and 17 June.

Make a difference by fostering

A local foster carer is encouraging others to take the opportunity to make a difference through opening their homes to children. Karen Sharkey was among carers who attended an event recently as part of Fostering Fortnight to highlight the importance of fostering.

 

 

Directors Switch Roles for Volunteers' Week

Patients have been getting hands on help from senior healthcare managers at Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) hospitals. A number of directors took time to volunteer as mealtime friends and general ward helpers at Altnagelvin, Tyrone County and Erne hospitals to mark national Volunteers’ Week, 1 to 7 June.

'Trust has the right ingredients to achieve Infant Mental Health vision'

The Western Trust has launched its Infant Mental Health Strategy. The new strategy focuses on early childhood mental and emotional wellbeing as well as the importance of a supportive environment from pregnancy onwards

Bowel Cancer Screening programme is Saving lives

A clinician at Altnagelvin Hospital has this week praised the success of the Bowel Cancer Screening programme which has been running in the Western Trust area for the last year.

Roots of Empathy Programme comes to the West

The Western Trust in partnership with the Western Education and Library Board(WELB) is participating in the international Roots of Empathy programme. The initiative is funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) and was launched by its founder Mary Gordon on Monday 23 May in the ARC Healthy Living Centre, Irvinestown.

Wonderful Day for Cancer Patients

Health Minister Edwin Poots’ decision to proceed with the Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital was greeted by understandable celebration in the Western Trust.

Lisnamallard Industries Hosts Summer Open Day

Lisnamallard Industries is hosting its annual Summer Open Day on Thursday 2 June 2011, from 10am to 4pm to showcase their summer range of crafts and horticultural goods for sale including a selection of bedding plants, planters, filled garden containers, hanging baskets and window boxes.

Western Trust celebrates University Teaching Status

The quality of education provided for medical students at the Western Trust’s  Altnagelvin Hospital has been recognised with the award of University Teaching Status for the hospital.

Tackling domestic violence

Support for people in workplaces who are affected by domestic violence and abuse is being highlighted across the Western Trust area.

Health Minister visits Altnagelvin

Health Minister, Edwin Poots MLA visited Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry today to view the facilities and meet with staff and patient.

Western Health and Social Care Trust wins CHKS Patient Survey Award

Western Health and Social Care Trust has won this year's CHKS Patient Safety Award - part of the CHKS Top Hospitals programme 2011. The programme, which is now in its eleventh year, celebrates excellence in the areas of patient safety, quality of care and data quality.

The Western Trust celebrates our nurses on International Nurses Day

Nursing and midwifery staff across the Western Trust, including staff at Waterside, Erne and Tyrone County Hospitals, marked the contribution the professions make to quality patient care on International Nurses Day 12 May 2011.

Spot the Clot - Western Trust supports National Thrombosis Week

The Western Trust is raising public awareness of venous thromboembolism (VTE) during this year’s National Thrombosis week 9th – 13th May 2011

The five Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts, including the Western Trust, are hosting Northern Ireland’s biggest fostering coffee morning during Foster Care Fortnight in a bid to recruit more urgently needed foster carers for children.

The Western Trust annual Remembrance Service in memory of babies who have died following a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death and infant death will be held this year on Sunday 15 May 2011 at 3pm and will take place at the MDEC Building in the large lecture theatre at Altnagelvin Area Hospital.

Patients' relatives benefits from £6,000 funds

Relatives of patients at the Western Health and Social Care Trust’s Altnagelvin Hospital are having their time at the hospital made more comfortable thanks to a generous £6,000 fundraising effort.

The Western Trust’s  Health Improvement Department is reminding people of the dangers of exposure to the sun and the use of sun beds as Sun Week begins on Monday 9 May.

Date set for South West Hospital Opening.

The new £276m South West acute Hospital, Enniskillen is due to open for patients on 22 June 2012.  Western Health and Social Care Trust Chief Executive, Elaine Way, announced the date today.

 

Teachers get insight into Biomedical Science at Trust

Teachers have been getting a unique insight into biomedical science thanks to a workshop at the Western Trust's Altnagelvin Hospital.

Public urged to cooperate with infection control

People are asked not to visit the Erne Hospital if they have been feeling unwell and, if visiting, to respect visiting times and visiting restrictions in place to assist in reducing infection

Students encouraged to consider a career in Occupational Therapy

Students from Tyrone and Fermanagh have been getting an insight into a career in Occupational Therapy thanks to a workshop hosted by the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust).

 Trust supports neighbourhood health

The Western Trust Health Improvement Department, in association with the Public Health Agency and Department for Social Development is committed to supporting communities in all eight Neighbourhood Renewal areas across the West.

The Western Trust’s Erne Hospital in County Fermanagh is the centre for an innovative cross border service which is treating patients from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

Western Trust celebrates foster carers

Foster carers from across the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) area have been praised for their invaluable service to foster children and young people during the annual Foster Carers Training Awards Ceremony.

Aquanatal for expectant mums

Expectant mums are benefitting from a programme of activities promoting fitness during pregnancy organised by the Western Trust and SureStart

TCH Staff Celebrate Good News

Chairman and Chief Executive of Western Trust joined staff at the Tyrone County Hospital this week to celebrate the good news that the construction can start on the Enhanced Local Hospital, Omagh.  The announcement was made by Health Minister Michael McGimpsey at the NI Assembly on 23 March 2011.

Western Trust welcomes Telehealth for patients

The Western Trust welcomes the Health Minister Michael McGimpsey’s recent announcement of the signing of a new contract for the health service to bring remote monitoring technology to patients in their own homes.

Chairman of the Western Trust, Gerard Guckian, commenting on the Health Minister’s announcement today on capital projects at the NI Assembly said: “The Trust is disappointed that we have not been given the green light today to proceed with the Altnagelvin Radiotherapy Unit.  However, I would wish to assure the public that the Western Trust will work tirelessly with our healthcare colleagues north and south of the border to secure the delivery of this scheme.

The Western Trust welcomes the Health Minister’s announcement that construction can start on the Enhanced Local Hospital in Omagh. 

New Housing Support Service launched

A new housing support service for adults with physical or sensory disabilities has been launched for the northern sector of the Western Trust.

The Northern Ireland Census takes place on 27 March 2011 and the Western Trust with Carers Northern Ireland and the Carers Workers Network are calling on people to count their caring.

 

Award winning Smoking Cessation Team urges you to quit on No Smoking Day

The success of the team helping smokers to quit in the Western Trust area has been recognized with an award.

Western Trust gives voice with King's Speech Oscar Breakfast

Speech and Language Therapists from the Western Trust this week treated staff and service users to a breakfast worthy of Kings to celebrate the King’s Speech winning big at the Oscars.

Trust Supports Omagh's Heart Town Status

Omagh District Council has become one of the first places in Northern Ireland to wear its heart on its sleeve and sign up as a British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland Heart Town.

Staff achieve NVQ Success

Over two hundred Western Trust staff are celebrating their academic achievements recently, after receiving awards in Health and Social Care studies.

Exploring Virtual Lives

The Western Health hosted a conference “Virtual Lives: The Impact of New Technology on the Emotional Health and Well-Being of Young People” on 16 February 2011 at the City Hotel, Londonderry. Funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA), the purpose of the event was to raise awareness about the impact of new technology on young people’s emotional health and well being. 

Launch of Omagh Dementia Café

People with dementia are benefitting from a new café venture in Omagh supported by the Western Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society. Omagh Dementia Café is based in the Strule Arts Centre.

The Western Trust is inviting parents, new mums and expectant mums from Omagh and Fermanagh areas to join a new Maternity Services Liaison Committee. This committee aims to find out what local women and partners want and need from maternity services. The first meeting open for all interested to attend is on Thursday 3 March 2011 at the Arc Healthy Living Centre, Irvinestown from 11am-1pm.

Martina Dempster is the Western Trust’s Senior Social Worker in Sensory Services for the Fermanagh and Omagh areas. She has been working within the Trust since 2007 and worked in the Sperrin and Lakeland Trust previously. Martina is married with three children and lives in Enniskillen.

Celebrating Male Carers in the North West

Male Carers in the North West were recognised for their invaluable contributions at a celebration event held at Derry City Hotel last night (17 February 2011) as part of innovative new programme funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) in conjunction with the Western Trust and delivered by Me UnLtd.

Local Social Workers Nominated for Award

The achievements of social workers across Northern Ireland will be marked at a celebratory lunch and awards ceremony at Belfast City Hall, on Friday 25 February 2011, at the first ever Regional Social Work Awards. The Western Trust Looked After Disability Forum has been shortlisted as a finalist for the “Developing Practice Award.”

Western Trust hosts a Day of Celebration

The Western Trust in association with Long Term Conditions Alliance Northern Ireland (LTCANI) recently hosted a “Day of Celebration” to provide support and to show recognition and appreciation for self management trainers in the Western Trust area.

Cross border Social Inclusion Project targets ‘at risk’ groups

A new cross border project is delivering health-focused education and training programmes to vulnerable and ‘at risk’ groups across the border counties. Funding totalling £1.75 million has been secured from the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme by Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT), the cross border health services partnership. The funding has enabled this 3-year project to get off the ground, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of groups such as vulnerable women and Travellers right across the border corridor.

An innovative scheme that promotes accident prevention and safety messages to primary school children takes place at Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown this week. Approximately 500 children from schools throughout Fermanagh District Council area will attend the Bee Safe Initiative from 8 to 11 February 2011.   The initiative is one of a number of schemes that takes place throughout the province under the regional umbrella ‘Bee Safe NI.’

Yogacise antenatal classes for pregnant women

The Western Trust is highlighting a programme of physical activities specially adapted for pregnant women to promote fitness during pregnancy, both physically and emotionally. The Trust currently offers Yogacise classes at Altnagelvin Hopspital to provide light exercise for pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy, based on carefully adapted classic yoga postures and breathing exercises.

Responding to the publication of the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) Performance Report on the Western Health and Social Care Trust, Gerard Guckian, Trust Chairman said: “The Trust is pleased that the Governance Review has found that the Trust is performing satisfactorily against the key requirements of good governance as set out by the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety.”

Mobile MRI unit at Erne Hospital

Patients requiring a diagnostic scan have been availing of a mobile MRI service at the Western Trust’s Erne Hospital in Enniskillen since the start of this month (January).

New Housing Support Service for adults with physical and sensory disability

A new floating housing support service for adults with physical and sensory disability has been launched for the Omagh and Fermanagh areas. The service has been developed in partnership by the Housing Executive, the Supporting People Programme, the Western Trust and Leonard Cheshire Disability to address the specific housing needs of those with physical and sensory disability.

The Western Trust and the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) Eating Disorders project, in conjunction with the Eating Disorders Association Northern Ireland, are holding a public meeting on Eating Disorders on Wednesday 26 January at 7:30pm in the Clinton Centre, Enniskillen.

Parkinson’s UK – the support and research charity - is committed to improving life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. That’s why celebrations are in order with the news that the Western Trust has committed to two full-time posts after a long period of the posts being either vacant or part-time.

It’s all about me.....for a change!

Women faced with the demands of caring for a loved one do not usually have the time, energy or opportunity to think about themselves. But over the past 10 weeks, a unique personal development programme funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) in conjunction with the Western Trust, has turned this ‘fact of life’ on its head for 30 female carers from Fermanagh, Omagh, Strabane and Derry/Londonderry.

The Chairman of the Western Trust has said the development and operation of a Satellite Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital is “absolutely essential”. Gerard Guckian was commenting on news that the Radiotherapy Unit could be built at Altnagelvin but major challenges could be faced in finding funding to open and run the facility.

Trust Celebrates the new Oak Tree Centre

This week the Western Trust celebrated the opening of ‘The Oak Tree Centre’ in the Rath Mor Centre in Creggan. This new centre has been renovated and tailored to provide modern state of the art day care services for 24 adults with a learning disability.

Launch of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme

The Western Trust is announcing, this week, that a new Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme for patients is being rolled out across the Omagh and Fermanagh areas.Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an important therapy, which does not involve using medication that can improve the quality of life and reduce healthcare costs of respiratory illnesses such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder) through exercise tolerance and education.

Foster carers congratulated on regional training achievement

Northern Ireland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People recently presented Western Trust foster carers with an award for completing the ‘Core Issues in Fostering’ training course.

Cancer Connect receives support from the Western Trust

The Western Trust with the support of the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) recently presented £1000 to Cancer Connect, a voluntary group that has recently been established in Fermanagh.

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