Learning disability charity Mencap has demonstrated its commitment to providing summer schemes to children and young people with learning disabilities this summer. After 16 years of providing summer scheme services, feedback from local families has highlighted the vital support summer schemes can provide. 

Launch of Residential Opportunity for Victims and Survivors of ‘The Troubles’

Niamh (The Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) in association with the Western Trust’s Victim and Survivor Matters Programme, has announced a residential opportunity for victims and survivors of the Northern Ireland Troubles, their families and/or carers, and those who work with them.

Health Minister officially opens latest development at Altnagelvin Hospital

Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey, today officially opened the latest development at the Western Trust’s Altnagelvin Hospital.

Maternity Services are Awarded 'Baby Friendly'

The Western Trust Maternity Services are to be awarded the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. The Erne Hospital has received top marks for the stage three assessment, the final level before receiving full ‘Baby Friendly’ accreditation for the first time. Altnagelvin Hospital has been re-assessed and will be awarded the Baby Friendly initiative for the 10th year in a row. 

Drumcoo Greenhouse benefits from local Fundraiser

The Trust has acknowledged the efforts of a local fundraiser for his efforts and generous donation to repair the greenhouse at the Drumcoo Centre, Enniskillen. Roslea man Marius Rooney received treatment from the Western Trust Community Brain Injury Team based in Enniskillen and has run a number of events in the past to raise funds for the Community Brain Injury Team. 

Donation in Memory of Oisín

The Western Trust’s Community Children’s Nursing Team were delighted to recently accept a donation from Dermot and Sinead McFadden in memory of their son Oisín.

People with hearing loss deliver Cook it! programme

Two people with profound hearing difficulties are helping their peers develop their cooking skills and learn to eat a healthy diet with the support of the Western Trust Community Food and Nutrition Team. 

Patients with diabetes benefit from new pump service

People with diabetes are having their quality of life improved thanks to the introduction of insulin pump therapy by the Western Trust. The first adolescent patient to receive an insulin pump in the Western area was 15-year-old Amber Elliott from Enniskillen.

The Western Trust has been highly commended as a Placement Provider of the Year by the University of Ulster. The Trust’s Social Services Training Team was highly commended after being shortlisted to the final three out of 150 employers from a range of sectors in Northern Ireland. The awards are presented by the University of Ulster in recognition of employers’ outstanding contribution to training the future workforce.

Trust Welcome Generous Donation for Diabetes Research

A total of 1,500euro has been presented to the Western Trust by the North West Golf Club to support ongoing research into Diabetes. The money was raised through a golf tournament organised by Anne O’Neill, Lady Captain at North West Golf Club.

Raising Awareness of Elder Abuse

The Western Trust has been raising awareness of the issue of abuse experienced by older people.

The Western Trust Health Improvement Department is inviting women to events across the western area to celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Week (21-27 June 2010) and to promote the importance of breastfeeding as the best possible way to feed a baby.

South West Hospital Taking Shape

Western Trust Board members recently visited the site of the new £270m South West Hospital on the outskirts of Enniskillen.  Speaking during the visit, Chairman Gerard Guckian, paid tribute to the progress of the project and called it a flagship project for health and social care in Northern Ireland.

The Western Trust is raising public awareness of venous thromboembolism (VTE) during this year’s National Thrombosis week, 1 June – 5 June 2010.

Western Trust Nurse comes top in Northern Ireland

Donna Keenan, a Ward Sister in the Western Trust’s Cardiac Assessment Unit at Tyrone County Hospital, has this week been crowned RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Award 2010 at the 14th Annual Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Awards.

A report into the Health and Social Needs of Ethnic Minority families in the West was launched today in St Columb’s Park House.

Omagh Health Fair

Omagh Health Fair

This week, the Western Trust Health Improvement Department, in partnership with community groups from Omagh Neighbourhood Renewal Health Committee, held a Health Fair for local communities held in Omagh Youth Centre.

Kinship Foster Carers Awarded

Western Trust foster carers have been praised for their commitment supporting children in the western area and their dedication to complete specialist training.

The Western Trust recently welcomed pupils from Omagh Integrated Primary School to Gortmore Day Centre.

Independent Advocacy for People with Dementia

The Western Trust is the first in Northern Ireland to commission an independent advocate for people with dementia and is officially launching this new service during Dementia Awareness Week 2010.

Western Trust launches Cycle to Work scheme

The Western Trust is encouraging its staff to get on their bikes to do their bit for the environment as well as improving their own health.

Western Trust brings child safety message to Free Derry Corner

The Western Trust is bringing the child safety message to a location well-known in the North-West and further afield in an effort to reduce injuries to children.

Helping Carers to care for themselves

As part of Carers Week 2010 the Western Trust has given unpaid Carers from the Strabane, Limavady and Londonderry areas an opportunity to take time out for themselves at a special event in Broomhill Hotel Londonderry. 

This week, the Western Trust welcomed BBC Breathing Places and Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland (CVNI) to the Waterside Hospital in Londonderry, as they joined together, to create a new garden in a green field area beside the hospital.

The Western Trust Health Improvement Department is inviting women to events across the western area to celebrate Breastfeeding Awareness Week (21-25 June 2010) and to promote the importance of breastfeeding as the best possible way to feed a baby.

Audit, Quality and Safety in Health and Social Care

The Western Trust recently held its annual ‘Audit, Quality and Safety Conference’ in the Silver Birch Hotel, Omagh.

Summer Safety Tips for Children

A senior doctor in the Western Trust’s Emergency Department is calling for all children of all ages to play safe this summer. Dr Stephen Clenaghan, Western Trust Consultant in Emergency Medicine, issued the appeal as schools prepare to close for the summer.

Service Users share views on World Mental Health Day

To recognise World Mental Health Day the Western Trust have organised an event in the City Hotel Londonderry on Monday 4 October 2010 at 2pm. This event is for local mental health service users and their carers, to provide an opportunity to share their views to help shape, develop and promote knowledge of and access to mental health services within the western area.

Nursing and Midwifery – More Than a Career

The Western Trust, this week, organised an open evening for over 130 students from local schools, that gave an insight into a career as a Nurse or Midwife. The open evening was aimed at students in year 12, 13 and in Further Education Colleges and was organised by the Western Trust and which took place at the Multi-Disciplinary Education Centre (MDEC) at Altnagelvin Area Hospital.

The Western Trust are holding an interactive morning for pregnant women on Thursday 30 September 2010 from 9am – 12noon at the Parentcraft Room at Altnagelvin Hospital. The event was organised to coincide with National Pregnancy month to provide expert health information and tips for pregnant women.

Walking for Health at St. Columb’s Park

The Western Trust Health Improvement Department has recently launched the ‘Walking for Health’ programme.  This programme aims to encourage people who are inactive to increase their level of physical activity by participating in local led health walks.

Children with asthma and parents from across Northern Ireland this week attended a special family day, organised by Asthma UK Northern Ireland and the Western Trust, where they learnt vital information on how to manage asthma and take part in a range of fun activities.

Western Trust host an Evening for Prospective Medical Students

The Western Trust, is this week, celebrating the success of an open evening organised for prospective medical students.

Western Trust Assistant Director of Primary Care and Older People’s Services, John McGarvey, along with senior colleagues met with residents, relatives and staff of Gortmore Residential Home today (Thursday 9 September 2010).

Charitable donation to the Erne Maternity Unit

The Western Trust is this week thanking Mark Edwards of “Blake’s of the Hollow”, Restaurant and Public house in Enniskillen, his staff and regular customers for their fantastic fundraising efforts.

Developing emotional well-being in local schools

Teachers and classroom assistants from 14 local schools attended an emotional health and well-being seminar event on Friday 27 August which was hosted by Knockavoe School in Strabane.  A similar event took place in St Fanchea’s College, Enniskillen on Thursday 26 August with five Special and Post-Primary schools in the area.

Western Trust Executive Director of Nursing and Primary Care and Older People’s services, Alan Corry Finn with senior colleagues met with residents, relatives and staff of Drumhaw Residential Home today (Thursday 2 September 2010).

New Challenging Behaviour Service Now Available

The Western Trust is this week officially launching a new Challenging Behaviour Service for older people.

Evidence would suggest that challenging behaviour symptoms can occur in the majority of patients with dementia at some point during their illness. These symptoms, such as agitation and wandering, along with communication problems, can be a challenge within the care home setting.

Health Minister sees important phase complete on site of new hospital

Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey, today visited the site of the new acute hospital in Enniskillen, to see the ‘topping-out’ of the main hospital.

Minister McGimpsey visits Western Trust Midwifery Led Unit

During a visit to the Western Health and Social Care Trust recently Health Minister Mr Michael McGimpsey visited the new Midwifery Led Unit in Altnagelvin Hospital. During the visit Mr McGimpsey viewed the new facilities for pregnant women including two birthing pool suites and talked to Midwives and a new mother.

Lisnamallard Staff Development Success

Western Trust staff based at Lisnamallard Industries have been congratulated for gaining additional qualifications to enrich the services they provide for clients who attend the centre with mental illnesses.

A spokesperson for the Western Trust said: "The summer months can be a volatile period in Northern Ireland and Social Services are aware that young people can get involved in civil disturbances.  Children involved in rioting or in the vicinity of a riot are placing themselves at risk.

Greenfield Residential Home Fundraisers Congratulated

The Western Trust is this week congratulating the friends, residents and staff of Greenfield Residential Home in Strabane for their fantastic fundraising efforts from organising a sponsored walk.

Chemotherapy Outreach at Tyrone County Hospital

A number of patients requiring follow-up chemotherapy treatment have been accessing it at Tyrone County Hospital thanks to a pilot project developed by the Western Trust.

£190,000 investment in Cardiac Services at Erne Hospital

Patients with heart disease or potential cardiac conditions are benefitting from an investment of £190,000 at the Western Trust’s Erne Hospital.

The Western Trust's Clinical Lead for Continence Services, Ms Janice Reid who is based at the Continence Advisory Service office at Rectory Field, has been elected to the Executive Board of Association of Continence Advice (ACA).

National Adoption Week

The Western Trust is supporting National Adoption Week 2010 highlighting the tremendous positive impact adoptive families can have on a child’s life. This year the Trust is encouraging people to come forward to adopt the children who wait the longest for a placement - older children, children with disabilities, and brothers and sisters.

Western Trust Celebrate Omagh Centre

The Western Trust held a reception today (Thursday 28 October 2010) to showcase the newly renovated Omagh Centre which was badly damaged in 2008 after a malicious fire, and to thank individuals and groups for their support in the immediate aftermath.

Western Trust provides new transfer trolley at Erne Hospital

The Western Trust’s Critical Care Team is benefiting from the introduction of new technology to assist in the transportation of critically ill patients from the Trust’s Erne hospital.

Take a breather...and think about your lung health

The Western Trust and Chest Heart and Stroke are, this week, encouraging people in the Western Trust area to take a breather and think about their lung health.

Fostering Team meet Local Shoppers

The Western Trust this month is visiting supermarkets across the North West to recruit ordinary people from all walks of life to care for the most vulnerable children in Northern Ireland.

The Western Trust is encouraging the public and health and social care staff to make sure they wash their hands when entering and leaving a health care setting.

Four Western Trust nurses have been sharing their expertise with colleagues in the area of cardiology at the annual meeting of the Irish Cardiac Society held in Sligo recently.

Successful Residential Opportunity for Victims and Survivors

Niamh (The Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) in association with the Western Trust’s Victim and Survivor Matters Programme, recently hosted a very successful residential opportunity for victims and survivors of the Northern Ireland Troubles, their families and/or carers, and those who work with them.

Donation from W.F. Marshall Education Centre

The Western Trust was presented with a generous donation of £3380 from the WF Marshall Centre, based in Sixmilecross. The money has been used to purchase Electrical Profiling beds and a Double Pressure Relieving mattress which will be invaluable for the provision of nursing care to patients in their own home.

Patients, hospital staff, relatives and friends of patients in Western Health and Social Care Trust hospitals are being invited to attend the St Luke’s Tide Service in Gransha Chapel, at the Trust’s Gransha Hospital site.

Western Advocacy Guide launched: Choices and Voices

The Western Trust recently held an event in partnership with Mencap to launch a new advocacy guide called “Choices and Voices”. The event celebrated a pilot project funded by the Trust and led by Mencap working with children and young people with a disability in the Western Area.

The Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Health Care Associated Infections (HCAIs) Team recently held a training and information session for local Nursing and Residential home staff in the Western Trust area.  The training addressed the importance of implementing the cleanyourhands hand hygiene campaign and provided expert advice on the management of HCAIs.

Trust Congratulates ‘Inspirational’ Volunteers

The Western Trust, this week, recognised the efforts of some local people for their commitment to volunteering at the Erne Hospital with their years of volunteering totaling almost 100.

Erne Maternity Celebrates UNICEF Baby Friendly Award Success

The Trust’s commitment to the effective promotion of breastfeeding was recognised and celebrated at a special event this week. The Erne Hospital and southern sector community received the Baby Friendly Award from UNICEF, recognising the commitment of staff across both the statutory and community sectors.

Altnagelvin Celebrates UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Success

The Trust’s commitment to the effective promotion of breastfeeding was recognised and celebrated at a special event today. Altnagelvin Hospital received the Baby Friendly Award from UNICEF for the 10th consecutive year, recognising the commitment of staff across both the statutory and community sectors.

The Western Trust’s Heath Improvement Department and Sexual Health Services are encouraging support for World AIDs Day on 1 December 2010.  World AIDS Day is an annual day of action to raise public awareness of the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS on a regional, national and global scale.

New Service Launched to Help Care Leavers Gain Work

Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey, recently launched the Western Trust’s new Employability Service for young people in, and leaving, the Western Trust’s care.  The Employability Service aimed at 16-21 year olds in the Western Trust area is managed by Include Youth, a voluntary organisation which works with young people in need or at risk.

Pudsey promotes ‘Heat can hurt’ safety message

As well as helping to raise £1080 for Children in Need during a visit to the Western Trust’s Altnagelvin Hospital recently, Pudsey took time to have a coffee from a mug promoting the child safety message.

Western Trust is “Hands on For Health” Student Open Day

The Western Trust recently held a Careers Open Day for local school students with an interest in health related careers. The day was organised in partnership with School Employer Connections.  Hosted by Omagh Academy, the event aimed to allow students to interact with and ask questions of staff in order to gain a better understanding of their roles. 

Students receive Heartstart Emergency Life Support Training

The Western Trust recently held specialist Heartstart training for students in the Omagh Campus of the South West College. Heartstart is an initiative coordinated by British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland to teach members of the public what to do in a life-threatening emergency.

A Celebration of Stradreagh Hospital

A special reunion Evening of Celebration was held recently at the Waterfoot Hotel to celebrate Stradreagh Hospital as many of the former patients have now been relocated to new units within the community. The evening was organized in conjunction with the Friends of Stradreagh and staff within Lakeview Hospital and was attended by around 150 people, a mixture of former Stradreagh Hospital staff and current Western Trust staff as well as families and relatives of former patients.

People with diabetes are having their quality of life improved thanks to the introduction of insulin pump therapy by the Western Trust.

Hair Loss is Not Inevitable for Chemo Patients

The determination of a young female patient with the help of a grant from the breast cancer charity, Walk the Walk, has seen the delivery of 12 scalp cooling machines for the Western Health and Social Care Trust’s Cancer Services. These ground breaking machines, installed in The Sperrin Suite in the Western Trust’s Altnagelvin Hospital, are the first to be available in Northern Ireland and can reduce or even prevent hair loss in patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) and the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) are holding an ‘Information Session’ for people caring for family members or friends with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).   COPD is a general term for respiratory illnesses such as Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis.

Pregnant Women Put Their Feet Up

The Western Trust has launched a new Reflexology Service based in the new Midwifery Led Unit in Altnagelvin Hospital for pregnant women. The Reflexology Service has been introduced after very positive feedback from women who sampled the treatment through parentcraft and antenatal classes.

Making that Extra Difference

Health and social care staff from Fermanagh to Limavady were recognised this week at the Western Trust ‘Because You Care Staff Recognition Awards 2010’.  The Awards this year were supported by the Bank of Ireland.  Minister for Health, Michael McGimpsey, presented the Awards to the Western Trust Staff at a ceremony held in the Western Trust headquarters.

Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit teach the rest how it’s done!

The Western Trust's Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit recently hosted a two day Upper Limb Trauma Management Course at Altnagelvin Area Hospital for surgical trainees and theatre nursing staff.

Fostering Sons and Daughters Day

This year the Western Trust’s Fostering Team held a special event to express thanks to the sons and daughters of foster carers for the efforts they make in supporting both their parents and the children who are placed with their families. The Fostering Team took a group of children from the Omagh area out for a fun day at the Bowling Alley in Derry where all participated in activities and were presented with a certificate.

Celebrity Chef Supports Learning Disability Gardening Group

For the past five years the MacNean Community Partnership has been providing ‘horticultural therapy’ for a group of adults with learning disabilities to at Mullcovet Mill, Belcoo growing organic vegetables. Clients from Western Trust Day Care Centre, Tir Navar in Killadeas, attend Mullycovet Mill weekly prepared with wellies and gloves for a day’s work in the vegetable polytunnels.


As part of Self Care Week 2010, the Western Trust is promoting its program ‘Managing the Challenge’ which helps individuals manage their long terms conditions

Healths Woman of the Year Commended

The Western Trust is this week celebrating the achievement of Sister Donna Keenan (pictured) from the Cardiac Assessment Unit at Tyrone County Hospital who won the Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year award for Health.

Waterside Hospital gets onboard Fold Brain Bus!

Fold Housing Association has today (2nd November 2010) brought a revolutionary new mobile therapy unit, the Fold Brain Bus to visit the Western Trust’s Waterside Hospital in Derry/Londonderry.

Leading Surgeons ‘Pilot’ Checklist in Western Trust

Senior Surgeons and Consultants from across the Western Trust area are, this week, promoting the benefits of using a simple surgical checklist during operations which can cut errors and complications.

New Sexual Health Clinic opens in Tyrone County Hospital

Funding from the European Union’s INTERRREG IVA programme has enabled the Western Trust to establish, for the first time, a sexual health clinic in the Tyrone County Hospital. The EU funding for the new service was secured by Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT), the cross border health services partnership.

The Western Trust emphasizes the advice of the Public Health Agency that people should seek medical help in the most appropriate setting as more people are being affected by winter illnesses.

The Western Trust is encouraging people with minor ailments to consult their GP in the first instance rather than attend the Accident and Emergency Department at Altnagelvin Hospital which has been disrupted by burst pipes earlier today.

Christmas Festivities at Gortmore

The Western Trust recently celebrated the Christmas period at Gortmore Day Centre and Gortmore Residential Home in Omagh with celebrations for services users and residents.

A senior doctor in the Western Trust has urged people to be careful over Christmas so it will be a joyful time and not one where they may require medical assistance.

The Western Trust, Public Health Agency and local councils are urging members of the community to ‘Take Care at Christmas’ looking out for family, friends, neighbours and carers during this season of festive goodwill.

Donation from NIHG to the Erne Coronary Care Unit

The Western Trust was presented with a generous donation of £2,420 from Keith Abel, General Manager, Northern Ireland Health Group (NIHG). The money was raised from a charity golf tournament held by staff at NIHG.

The battle against alcohol misuse in the Western Trust area is being boosted by a major health initiative announced today by the Big Lottery Fund.

New Specialist Housing Service for Autism Spectrum Disorder

A new and innovative floating housing support service for those with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) has been launched in the Western Trust area today. This is the first service of its in kind in the West and has been developed in partnership by the Housing Executive, the Supporting People Programme, the Western Trust and Autism Initiatives to address the specific housing needs of those with ASC.

‘Bee Safe’ Kids

‘Bee Safe’ Kids

An innovative scheme that promotes accident prevention and safety messages to Primary School children took place in the Roe Valley Leisure Centre on 23-26 November 2010. Over 500 Primary 7 children from 16 schools throughout the Limavady Borough Council area attended the Bee Safe initiative, which is co-ordinated by the Western Trust's Health Improvement Department and funded by Limavady Community Safety Partnership, the PSNI and Limavady District Policing Partnership.

Altnagelvin Hospital Celebrates 50 Years with Golden Ball

As part of celebrations to mark Altnagelvin's 50 years of service to the community, a gala ball was held in The City Hotel, Londonderry, on Friday 3 December 2010.  The event was organised by the Western Trust and was supported by Farrans Healthcare and Northgate Managed Services.

Members of the Rotary Club of Enniskillen invited Joe Lusby, Deputy Chief Executive of the Western Trust, to provide an update on the new hospital for the South West at their meeting held on Monday, 6 December.

Sexual Health services expand in the west

Funding from the European Union’s INTERRREG IVA programme has enabled the Western Trust to more than double the number of sexual health service clinics available in the Trust area. The EU funding for the additional sexual health services has been secured by Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT), the cross border health services partnership.

The Northwest Bereaved by Suicide Support Group are holding the annual ‘Memory Tree of Lights’ ceremony on Sunday 12 December 2010 at 5.30pm at the Foyle Search & Rescue Headquarters, Victoria Road, Derry supported by the Western Trust.

Cross border programme to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities

People with a disability are entitled to the same opportunities to be included in society, to have equal access, to make choices and to lead a fulfilled life as any other person in society. A new 2 year cross border initiative is being launched to coincide with the International Day for People with Disabilities on Friday 3 December 2010. The initiative aspires to ensure that people with a disability can maximise their independence, lead fulfilled lives and have genuine opportunities for participation in society.

The Western Trust has welcomed the publication of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority’s (RQIA) report of its unannounced infection prevention and hygiene inspection visits to Western Trust facilities during 2009 – 2010, which show significant improvement in many areas and which commends staff for their efforts.

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