Clinical Lead appointed for the new Omagh Hospital


Clinical Lead appointed for the new Omagh Hospital

The Western Trust has appointed, Dr Paul McGlinchey as the Clinical Lead for the new Omagh Hospital.  Dr McGlinchey, is a native of Omagh and a Consultant Cardiologist with the Western Trust.


Dr McGlinchey works in both the Tyrone County and Altnagelvin Hospitals.  He graduated in medicine from Queens University, Belfast with a MB, BCh, BAO degree in 1995 and a MD degree in 2003. Dr McGlinchey rotated through a number of junior doctor placements including Altnagelvin and Tyrone County Hospitals until he entered a specialist registrar program in Cardiology in Belfast in 1999, spending seven years specializing in cardiology, mainly in the Royal Victoria Hospital.


In 2006, he took up a consultant post in Altnagelvin, and since 2008 his role extended to Tyrone County Hospital and he was involved in the development of the Cardiac Assessment Unit.


Along with a grouping of cardiologists, he has also overseen the introduction of coronary stenting in Altnagelvin, which has had major advantages for local patients and for the Western Trust.


Speaking about his role, Dr McGlinchey said: “I am delighted to be appointed to this position.  The £100m investment in the first phase of the Enhanced Local Hospital for Omagh will create the opportunity for a modern multi-purpose  facility built around the needs of patients.  I am firmly focused on ensuring the new hospital for Omagh is busy, provides value for money and I look forward to treating patients in the new hospital in 2016.” 


In speaking about his aspirations for the project Dr McGlinchey commented: “My vision is that the new hospital will be an efficient service, delivered by clinicians from across the Western Trust with local nursing and technical input. The Omagh hospital will be part of an integrated network of care in the Western Trust area working very closely with the new South West Hospital and Altnagelvin Hospital as well as local GPs.


“We will retain all the services currently available at Tyrone County Hospital and will develop new patterns of service provision for patients across the Western Trust population, particularly around increasing the scope of outpatient services, increasing the scope of day surgery and producing imaginative and novel models of service delivery that will bridge the divide between primary and secondary care. If it is safe and feasible to have a procedure or a particular model of care in the new Omagh hospital, we will explore its potential and aim to implement it locally.”


He continued: “Being a local person. I intend to  raise the profile and potential of the new hospital and its services. I have had the privilege of working with our local  GPs with whom I enjoy excellent working relationships. I hopefully have their confidence and the confidence of other relevant health care professionals to deliver this critical facility in Omagh which  will cater for the local population and further afield as part of a model that integrates primary and secondary care on one hand, but also the balance between acute and elective work across the Western Trust on the other hand.”


Joe Lusby Deputy Chief Executive with the Western Trust welcomed Dr McGlinchey to his new role.  He said: “Dr McGlinchey brings tremendous expertise to the post.  The Western Trust is pushing ahead with the new hospital for Omagh and Dr McGlinchey’s knowledge and experience will be key to the delivery of this project and to the opening of the first phase of the new facility in 2016.”