Patients moved as precautionary measure


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.


The patients were moved from three mental health facilities on the hospital site early on Tuesday 25 October and are currently being accommodated in other Trust facilities in the locality.


A decision was taken to relocate the patients away from a river flowing through the site which was rising due to heavy rainfall in recent days. There has been no flooding of patient areas or administration buildings on the hospital site.


Trevor Millar, Western Trust Director for Adult Mental Health and Disability, said: “The patients who have been temporarily relocated are comfortable and safe in the facilities to which they have been moved.


“There has been tremendous support from staff, including some who were on night duty and stayed on to help with the relocation of patients. We are grateful to them, to the Rivers Agency, Emergency Services and also appreciate the support of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and Trust staff in moving patients.


“The situation is being kept under review, taking account of regular weather updates and the potential impact of further rainfall.


“We appreciate the cooperation of patients and their families at this time. The patients will be moved back to the ward areas as soon as it is considered safe to do so.”