News articles for 2013

Belmore House staff now fully moved to South West Acute Hospital

The Western Trust has confirmed that all the staff from Belmore House, Darling Street, Enniskillen have now relocated to the South West Acute Hospital site. For many years Belmore House has been the base for the Enniskillen Community Mental Health Team. However, as the services have expanded and more staff have been employed the Belmore House accommodation was unable to provide the required space.

Opening of new Cranny Road

The Trust is pleased to announce the opening of the link road and cycle path adjacent to the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, Omagh. The road runs from a new junction on the Donaghanie Road up to the existing roundabout at Drumragh College. The official name for the link is Cranny Road and it is 1.1 km in length.

Working with the Community to Tackle Alcohol Misuse Together

Alcohol misuse has a widespread impact on our society, effecting individuals, families and the wider community as a whole. The Western Trust has welcomed Big Lottery Funding of £1,198 million for projects in the Western area that have been set up to address alcoholism and help those with alcohol related problems.

This allocation of this significant funding to the Western Regional Alcohol Prevention Programme (WRAPP) will enable community and voluntary based projects included in the portfolio to address the harm caused by alcohol misuse. It will also allow organisations with the skills and expertise to tackle this problem locally.

New cycle path launched at South West Acute Hospital

The Trust officially opened the cycle path today at South West Acute Hospital. Ivan Boyd, Western Trust Capital Development said that the new cycle path will be a fantastic opportunity for staff and visitors to the South West Acute Hospital. The local community will also benefit greatly from the cycle path especially staff and pupils from the Enniskillen Primary School who are in close proximity of the cycle path. It is hoped it will improve safety and access to and from the Hospital site.

Health Minister officially opens Grangewood

A new £10.8million purpose built hospital to replaced Gransha Hospital in Londonderry, was officially opened by the Health Minister Edwin Poots today (Tuesday, 17 December 2013). The new crisis unit will provide inpatient acute mental health care, alongside a 24 hour, seven days a week crisis response and home treatment service.

Choose Well – if you need to use health and care services over Christmas & New Year

The Health and Social Care Board and Western Trust together with local GPs, pharmacists and dentists have been working to ensure that local people have access to urgent care services over the Christmas and the New Year holiday period. The following health and care arrangements will be in place should you or a member of your family become ill or have an accident.

“Caring at Christmas” Carers attend Christmas Interdenominational Carol Service

The Trust Carer Support Team is delighted with the success of their first Fermanagh Carers Carol Service which took place recently at the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen.

Santa embraces video technology to spread Christmas joy at Altnagelvin Hospital.

This year instead of sending their Christmas list to the North Pole in the post, children at the Western Trust in Altnagelvin Hospital, will get the chance to share it with Santa Claus himself as he embraces the digital age. With the help of video communications technology, Santa will be ‘dropping in’ to hospitals across the island of Ireland to find out what the children want for Christmas.

‘TLC’ Teddies for Children Come to Western Trust

Teddy bears are waiting at the Western Trust’s Emergency Department’s at Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry/Londonderry, South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen and Urgent Care Treatment Centre at the Tyrone County Hospital, Omagh, to be given to children who come in for treatment.

If you have recently visited the South Wing in Altnagelvin Hospital as a patient or a visitor we would like to capture some information about your journey. All information collected will be used to find out what the Western Trust could do to make it better for people to get to the South Wing.

The public consultation on a regional day opportunities model for adults with a learning disability has been extended until Friday 10 January 2014. The Health and Social Care Board is encouraging everyone with an interest in the day opportunities model available to adults with a learning disability to make sure they respond with their views. The consultation sets out the need to both improve day centres for people with complex healthcare and behavioural support needs, and community based day opportunities.

New ‘Arts Care Gallery Space’ and City of Culture ‘Gifted Project’ Launched at Altnagelvin Hospital

The Western Trust in partnership with Arts Care are excited to announce the launch of a dedicated ‘Arts Care Gallery Space’ in Altnagelvin Hospital’s South Wing. Western Trust Arts Care Artist, Bronagh Corr-McNicholl who is responsible for the hospital gallery will present an annual programme of innovative and thought-provoking exhibitions of artworks, created by service users and healthcare staff. Professional artists will also have the opportunity to showcase their work in this unique gallery space.

The Western Trust recently approved its Corporate Parenting Report for the period 1 April 2013 until 30 September 2013 at its December Trust Board meeting. The safety of children remains a fundamental priority for the Western Trust and the commitment and dedication of the Trust’s professional workforce who support children and family services day in and day out makes sure this remains the case. However, the report highlighted the increased demand on social services to provide support to families in crisis and the increase in the number of ‘looked after’ children who are currently under the Trust’s care.

Western Trust's Project wins Making a Difference award at the Guildhall

The Patient and Client Council held a celebration event in the Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry recently to acknowledge the huge contribution that service users make to improve the experiences of people who use health and social care services every day. The Western Trust’s project ‘Altnagelvin Renal Support Group’ won the Making a Difference Award.

Dry January

Dry January

Can you stay off the booze for 31 Days? We want you to kick start the New Year with a new conversation about alcohol.

We want you to join us for 31 days of booze free bliss. On your nights out we want you to ditch the beer and wine and choose a soft drink. People are bound to ask why you are not drinking and before you know it you are having a different conversation about alcohol and question the need to drink on a night out.

Tanzanian Eye Team visit Western Trust’s Altnagelvin Hospital

The Trust recently had a visit from a Tanzanian eye team along with their Deputy Hospital Director from Mbeya Referral Hospital in South Western Tanzania. The visit marked the beginning of a VISION 2020 links programme with the Trust to tackle child blindness.

The Western Trust has commended its staff after the mid-year performance report was presented at its recent Trust Board meeting.

Carers Support Team invites you to a Christmas Celebration

The Trust Carer Support Team is planning a Carers Christmas celebration in the form of a Carol Service. The very first Carers Carol Service will be held on Monday 9 December 2013 from 10.30am to 11.30am in the Lecture Theatre, South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen with refreshments served afterwards. Everyone welcome to attend.

Chief Executive Says ‘Well Done’ to Altnagelvin’s Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit

Trust Chief Executive Elaine Way, CBE this week has congratulated all the staff working in the Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit on their recent success in receiving national recognition from the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) a UK government ‘best practice’ scheme, measuring high quality, speedy care of patients suffering broken hips.

Commitment of Western Trust Staff Celebrated

The sterling work and commitment of Trust staff has been celebrated at the Trust’s annual special staff awards ceremony.

Memory Tree of Lights for Those Bereaved by Suicide

The Northwest Bereaved by Suicide Support Group and Roe Valley Bereaved by Suicide Group are holding their annual ‘Memory Tree of Lights’ ceremonies on Sunday 8 December 2013 at 5.30pm at the Foyle Search and Rescue Headquarters, Victoria Road, Derry and Tuesday 17 December at 7.30pm in the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady supported by the Western Health and Social Care Trust, Be Safe Be Well and The Big Lottery.

The Trust is celebrating with Lilliput Theatre Company their tremendous achievement at recently completing a national broadcast around the UK.

Geraldine McKay, Director of Acute Services for the Trust said: “A further assessment was made by the Trust today to identify any short term impact to services of the incident at which occurred in the South Wing of Altnagelvin hospital yesterday

Respiratory’s Finest Come to Derry/Londonderry Committed to Helping You Breathe Easier

The Trust has helped bring the Irish Thoracic Society (ITS) annual conference outside of Belfast for the first time.

An incident occurred in the basement area of South Wing building at Altnagelvin Hospital first thing this morning, which activated an alarm. The incident affected only the basement plant area of the hospital. As a result the Trust activated its Major Incident Plan and restricted access to parts of the South Wing of Altnagelvin Hospital from early morning.

An incident occurred in the basement area of South Wing building at Altnagelvin Hospital first thing this morning.

Dementia Award for Deirdre!

The Trust, this week, congratulated Staff Nurse Deirdre Harkin on receiving a special ‘Education to Practice’ award at the recent Dementia Achievements Conference.


Western Trust Cooks Celebrate Culinary Success!!

Western Trust cooks are celebrating their success at the Northern Ireland Branch HCA, Hotel Caterers Association, Salon Culinaire Cookery Competition held recently at Holywell, Hospital, Antrim.


This year as part of World Diabetes Awareness Day we are asking the public to be mindful of the symptoms and signs of Diabetes and for those diagnosed with it to come along to support programmes available in their local area. The theme for 2013 is “Diabetes: Protect our Future” and emphasises the need to recognise the increasing incidence of Diabetes and the implications for our health. In recent a State of the Nation Report from Diabetes UK it was highlighted that in Northern Ireland the total number of people with Diabetes is 80,000, and that the number has increased by 33% in the last five years.

Lilliput Broadcast Across the UK Live from the Playhouse

We are celebrating Lilliput Theatre Company's tremendous achievement at recently completing a national broadcast around the UK. The Lilliput Group performed a live radio broadcast on Friday 8th November 2013. This was recorded by Rensonance Radio Station, a mobile radio station funded by the London Arts Council. They broadcast Arts programmes and give groups such as disability groups a chance to showcase their work.

Students find out what it takes to become a Social Worker

Students from across the Tyrone and Fermanagh areas have been supported by the Trust this week to attend a Social Work as a Career taster event. Over 50 students attended from schools and colleges across Tyrone and Fermanagh giving students an opportunity to meet social work professionals and to find out more about their job.

Choose Well This Winter

The Trust is urging the public to think wisely before attending their local Emergency Department for a non-emergency reason over this coming winter period.

Reduce and Enjoy during Alcohol Awareness Week

In partnership with Foyle, Omagh and Fermanagh Drug and Alcohol Forums we are highlighting Alcohol Awareness Week from 18 to 22 November 2013 to increase awareness about alcohol and safer drinking at home and the message to ‘Reduce and Enjoy’ alcohol safely. The Alcohol Forums want to raise awareness of alcohol, the guidelines on weekly units of alcohol consumption, and how much we end up drinking at home.

Celebrating forever families’ during National Adoption Week

The Trust is supporting National Adoption Week 4 - 10 November 2013 by highlighting the truly wonderful impact adoptive families can have on a child’s life by making a space in their lives and hearts for children. This year the Trust is recognising and celebrating the ‘forever families’ they brought together in the Western Trust area and aim to inspire more people to come forward.

The Western Trust is holding a Remembrance Service in memory of babies who have died following miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal and infant deaths on Sunday 24 November 2013 at 3pm. It will take place in the Lecture Theatre at the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen.

New Carers Programmes for 2014

We are offering new personal development programmes for unpaid / informal carers in Derry~ Londonderry, Strabane, Omagh and Fermanagh, starting in January 2014. These programmes provided in partnership by MeUnLtd, offer carers the opportunity to take part in special programmes: Its All About Me, Reach Me and Short Respite Breaks.

Social Sparks Awards Scheme for Young People Launched

The Trust has once again teamed up with Live Unltd to launch the ‘Social Sparks’ young social entrepreneur awards scheme. The awards are aimed at innovative young people in Derry/Londonderry, Strabane, Limavady, Omagh and Fermanagh to design a project to help address health and wellbeing issues within their local community.

Artist Patricia Kelly donates to the South West Acute Hospital

The Trust recently installed two stunning pieces of artwork gifted by local artist Patricia Kelly in the South West Acute Hospital.

Give your family a Christmas to remember - STOP SMOKING to make this wish come true!

The Trust is asking for the public to help save to make Christmas extra special this year by stopping smoking in October.

NI leads on dealing with Domestic Violence and Sexual Exploitation - says Azerbaijan delegation

The Trust this week received delegates from Social Services in Azerbaijan during a three day visit to Derry/Londonderry.

Ulster American Folk Park provides a historical setting for planning future children’s services

Parents, children and young people had their say on future services for children and young people at a Halloween-themed family fun and information fair held last week at the Ulster American Folk Park. The event, organised by the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP), brought local families, children and young people together with representatives from statutory, voluntary and community organisations to discuss the services currently available to support children and young people and how these can be improved in future.

Solid Start Weaning Programme Launched

The Western Trust recently launched the Solid Start Weaning Programme at special events for healthcare and parenting professionals at Clooney Hall Centre, Londonderry and Omagh Enterprise Centre.

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2013 It is time to start dispelling the myths

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2013 is annually held on the 12 October and this year the Western Trust, along with the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance and its global partners, is focusing on “dispelling the myths,” and encouraging people to promote the facts about hospice and palliative care.

Western Trust Respiratory Team Success at BLF Breath of Fresh Air Awards 2013!

The Western Trust Respiratory Team are celebrating after being announced winners of the ‘Outstanding health care in the Community award’ in the British Lung Foundation’s Breath of Fresh Air Awards 2013.

We Can Build it! Yes We Can!

For the first time, we held a conference to specifically promote men’s health in the Western Trust area. The event, ‘Building the Case for Men’s Health in the West’ recently took place in the North West Regional College, Derry / Londonderry.

Volunteer Jean donates artwork to the South West Acute Hospital

The Western Trust accepted a beautiful painting from Mrs Jean McFarland.  Jean is a past volunteer at the Erne Hospital and currently sits on the Trust’s Patient Environment and Arts Committee.  Jean took up art as a hobby following her retirement.

Omagh Carers Health and Information Event a great success!

The Western Trust Carer Support Team are delighted with the number of carers who came along to the Carers Health and Information event today at the Omagh Business Centre, Gortrush Industrial Estate.

Western Trust hosts ‘Secret Door’ play on dementia

The Western Trust this week is celebrating the success of a special play called ‘Secret Door’ which aims to highlight the experience of dementia.

10,000 Voices - your chance to influence the Future of Healthcare

The Western Trust is asking local patients with a passion to improve health and health services and to tell their story.

New Vision 2020 Links Programme with Mbeya Referral Hospital

Staff from the Eye Department in the Western Trust are embarking on a new VISION 2020 Links Programme with Mbeya Referral Hospital in South Tanzania. Following a successful four year project with ECWA Eye Hospital, Kano, Nigeria the team have regrouped with some new and some old members for a second 4 year project.

McConnell Family generous donation to Western Trust Respiratory Fund

The Western Trust’s Respiratory Care Unit at Tyrone County Hospital, Omagh recently received a generous donation of £320 to the Western Trust Respiratory Fund from the family of the late Mrs Sally McConnell from Omagh.  The donation was kindly given in lieu of flowers as a thank you for the care staff provided to Sally.

Former patient donates birthday money to Intensive Care Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital.

The Western Trust gratefully received a kind donation made to the Intensive Care Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital.

O’Hara family donate to Ward 43 at Altnagelvin Hospital

Pictured receiving a cheque for £7,000 from Anne O’Hara and Anthony O’Hara are Marie McLaughlin, Western Trust Sister Ward 43 and Sister Siobhan Glenn, Western Trust Ward Manager, 43 Altnagelvin Area Hospital. 

Environment Minister & Mayor of Derry Supporting FareShare in Derry.

Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan and the Mayor of Derry, Martin Reilly today gave their support to the FareShare food re-distribution project in Derry, when they assisted multi-award winning chef, Ian Orr to serve up a delicious four course dinner for vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the city.   

As part of the requirements associated with major capital projects such as the South West Acute Hospital, the Western Trust, is undertaking a Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Fostering Appeal Takes to the Road in the West

With a significant increase in the number of children coming into care in Northern Ireland over the last five years, the Western Trust are helping to raise awareness of a regional bus advertising campaign asking the public the question: ‘Could YOU foster?’

The Trust's Carer Support Team is inviting informal carers to come along to a Carers Health and Information event on the 9 October 2013 from 10.30am to 1pm in the Conference Room, Omagh Business Centre, Gortrush Industrial Estate, Omagh, Co Tyrone. The Carers Health and Information event in Omagh to raise awareness and identify hidden carers. The event will offer carers the opportunity to avail of a range of health checks, a taster complimentary therapy and information which will help support them in their caring role.

Gormley Family hold Sheep Dog Trial in aid of the Sperrin Suite Altnagelvin Hospital

The Western Trust’s Sperrin Suite at Altnagelvin recently received a very generous donation of £1660 to the Hospital from the Gormley family from Park Village as a thank you for the care they provided to their brother, Robert Gormley who passed away on 7 December 2012.

To mark International Older People's Day we have interviewed Mrs Morrison an 85-year-old lady to share her thoughts of getting older, her early life and her experiences of the health service. Mrs Morrison is a great example of an older person who is Full-Of-Life!

RCN Chief Visits the South West Acute Hospital

Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, recently spoke of his admiration of nursing and midwifery staff from the Western Trust on a recent visit to the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen.

A Royal Day for Altnagelvin’s Radiotherapy Unit

The Western Trust Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital recently received a majestic, grand donation of £3600. 

Celebrate Positive Mental Health Photography Competition

The Western Trust Health Improvement Department in partnership with Action Mental Health New Horizons Foyle to encourage applications from budding local photographers across the Trust area to enter the second year of their photography competition .The theme remains the same as last year “celebrate positive mental health” The aim of the competition is to mark World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2013.

New Outreach Chemotherapy Service at Tyrone County Hospital

Cancer Treatment Outreach Service will be available from September 2013 at the Tyrone County Hospital. As part of this, outreach chemotherapy and support treatments will be delivered to patients on the Tyrone County Hospital site. The overall service will provide support for up to 20 patient contacts each month from the Omagh and Enniskillen area.

Chief Executive and Interim Medical Director congratulate newly qualified Staff Nurse

The Western Trust Chief Executive and Interim Medical Director pictured meeting newly qualified Staff Nurse Eimear McMullan from Eglish, Co Tyrone during a visit to the Outpatients Department at the Tyrone County Hospital, Omagh.

Extern comes out on Top at NI Social Work Awards

Extern Multi-systemic Therapy Team who are based in Newtownabbey has been announced as the overall winner at the ceremony which took place at the Guildhall in Derry/Londonderry on 20 September 2013.

Driving the extra mile to save lives ~ Local Taxi Drivers become important link in the chain to survival

Derry/Londonderry taxi drivers are driving the extra mile to save lives by becoming Northern Ireland’s first taxi driver first responder scheme.  Local taxi drivers have received Emergency Life Support (ELS) Training and are now equipped with the skills that will help save local lives. 

Western Trust Celebrates Inspirational Foster Carers

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

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

The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) are 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 2013) and World Mental Health Day (10 October 2013).

Launch of Sexual Health videos in support of Sexual Health Awareness Week.

The Trust has launched Sexual Health and Family Planning videos in support of Sexual Health Awareness Week. The two new videos to provide information about sexual health services. The launch of these sexual health videos coincide with Sexual Health Awareness Week (16 - 23 September) to remind the general public about the importance of looking after their sexual health to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and/or unplanned pregnancies. 

Western Trust host an Awareness Evening for Youth Sports Coaches

The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) is hosting a Diabetes, Epilepsy, Asthma and Sport awareness evening on Monday 30 September 2013 at 6.30 pm at the Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen. 

The Catterson Family raise funds for the Intensive Care Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital

The Western Trust  recently welcomed a generous donation made to the Intensive Care Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Need for More Foster Carers highlighted at Waterside Half Marathon

The Western Trust took to the roads marathon style recently at the Waterside Half Marathon to raise awareness the role played by Foster carers and encourage those interested in becoming Foster carers to come forward and find out more.

Western Trust announce plans to become Northern Irelands first “Smoke Free” Trust

The Western Trust is today, Monday 9 September 2013, announcing its plans to become the first ‘smoke free’ Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland on 12 March 2014, National No Smoking Day.

Omagh Drug and Alcohol Forum launch Service Directory and ask ‘THINK ABOUT YOUR DRINKING’

A successful launch event was held by the Western Health and Social Care Trust’s (Western Trust) Community Support Services this week in the CKS Community Centre in Omagh to launch the Omagh Drug and Alcohol Forum’s Service Directory and newly produced alcohol leaflet ‘Think about Your Drinking’.

Western Trust Social Workers Through to Final of the NI Regional Social Work Awards 2013

Two Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) Social Workers and one Western Trust Team have been successfully selected as finalists in the Northern Ireland Regional Social Work Awards 2013 for their outstanding work with families and children or young people.

Walkie Talkie your way to health

Our Health Improvement Department is encouraging the people of Fermanagh to put on their walking shoes and join the ‘Walkie Talkie’ Walking for Health group. Walking for Health is a regional programme funded by the Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland and delivered by the Western Trust’s Health Improvement Department.

Volunteers enjoy planting vegetables and shrubs at SWAH

The Western Trust in partnership with NIHG recently welcomed a group of ‘green-fingered’ volunteers to plant a selection of vegetables and shrubs in South West Acute Hospital’s back garden!


Poots impressed with progress at new Omagh Hospital

Health Minister Edwin Poots has visited the site of the new Omagh Hospital Project. The Minister said he was impressed with progress on the site, which is running ahead of schedule. Mr Poots said: “It is clear that the local hospital for Omagh has come on leaps and bounds since I allocated £80million for this phase of the project, increasing the total investment figure to £107million. The Enabling Works are nearing completion, ahead of programme, and I am delighted that construction work on the new hospital is due to commence before the end of the year.”

Healthcare Technology in the Spotlight at South West Acute Hospital

Technology is transforming the way healthcare services are delivered to patients in Northern Ireland. That was the key message from Health Minister Edwin Poots when he visited the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen to see first-hand how both patients and staff were benefiting from the latest advancements in healthcare technology.

Nursing team highlight benefits of Transforming Your Care

Health Minister Edwin Poots has said the Western Trust’s Rapid Response Nursing Team highlights the benefits Transforming Your Care brings to patients. The Minister was speaking as he visited the hub of the nursing team at Tyrone County Hospital and travelled with a nurse to see at first hand a patient getting treated in her own home.

Beautiful Artwork Brightens the Western Trust

The Western Trust's Clinical Education Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital was brightened up this week with beautiful pieces of Artwork donated by Arts Care.

New Trauma and Orthopaedics Ward Opened at Altnagelvin Hospital

The Western Trust is pleased to announce the opening of the new Trauma and Orthopaedics Ward at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Western Trust Knits for Fish and Chips Baby Charity

Clients who attend the Tempo Road Day Care Centre in Enniskillen and Drumhaw Day Centre Lisnaskea have been knitting vests for the Fish and Chip Baby Charity in Africa. The Fish and Chip Baby Charity was set up as a means to provide new-born babies in Africa with warm clothing and protection. Similar to traditional fish and chips, when the babies are born they are wrapped in paper. Clients and volunteers have gathered to create knitted vests to provide this warmth and protection.

Altnagelvin Welcomes New Chief Nurse for Northern Ireland

The Western Trust recently welcomed Charlotte McArdle, the newly appointed Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Northern Ireland. As well as engaging with the senior team in the Trust the Chief Nursing Officer visited frontline staff at ward 42, an elderly care ward, and was able to hear about a number of new and exciting innovations that could have regional influence on the care of patients in particular those with Dementia.

Lisnamallard Industries Success at Omagh Show

Lisnamallard Industries staff and clients are celebrating their success at the recent Omagh Show with a number of prizes awarded including ‘Best Exhibit’ award.

Generous £60,000 donation to Altnagelvin Renal Unit

Renal Unit staff at Altnagelvin Hospital have been amazed after having recently discovered that a patient has bequeathed a very generous £60,000 for the Renal Unit Comfort Fund. The bequest was made as a thank you to the Unit in recognition of the care and attention provided to him over his years on haemodialysis.

Carers Walking Club Launched in Fermanagh

Our Carers Support Team is this week announcing the launch of a local walking club for Carers in Fermanagh. The team is keen to encourage members of the public who are informal (unpaid) carers to participate. The aim of the walking club is to improve carers health and well-being. It also provides an opportunity for carers to meet and also enables Trust staff to listen to carers experiences in a less formal setting.

Courage of Local Stroke Survivors and their Families

A stroke survivor Patrick Brady from Derry/Londonderry and a courageous carer Gerard Hughes from Strabane were commended by the Western Trust at a special reception at the Stroke Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital this week. The reception was held by staff in Stroke services in recognition of both Patrick and Gerard receiving awards at the recent Northern Ireland Life After Stroke Awards.

Regional Recruitment wins an HPMA Award

The Western Trust Human Resources Team are delighted to announce that their Recruitment & Selection Team are part of a regional team that won the Capsticks Award for Innovation at the recent Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) awards ceremony held in London. 

Your Baby’s Journey: Infant Feeding Workshop for Parents-to-be

The Western Trust Infant Feeding Specialists are inviting parents-to-be to come and join them at a unique workshop ‘Your Baby’s Journey’ to help answer any questions about feeding your baby. The workshop will deal with all aspects of feeding and caring for your baby. The workshop will be held on Tuesday 17 September 2013 from 10am-1pm in the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen.

Keeping Safe in the Sun

As we look towards summery weather and high temperatures, the we would like to remind parents and children of all ages to play safe this summer to avoid preventable attendances to our Accident & Emergency Departments. Summer is a great time for children and young people to get out and be active especially in the good weather and long evenings. However, A&E statistics show attendances for children are highest during the summer. By following some simple safety steps some incidences can be avoided to ensure children have a fun-filled and safe summer.

Temporary Change to Endoscopy Service at Tyrone County Hospital

The Western Trust will be temporarily transferring its Endoscopy Service at the Tyrone County Hospital, Omagh to the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen to allow for essential maintenance and water testing over the next few weeks. This will allow for the service to continue whilst carrying out the essential works.

HR Staff Hold Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie

Staff from across the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital site gathered to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care, through a Blooming Great Tea Party event organised by the Western Trust’s Human Resource Team. A number of local businesses also supported this event and donated gifts for the raffle.

New personal development programmes for unpaid or informal carers in Derry / Londonderry, Strabane, Omagh and Fermanagh are starting in September 2013. In partnership with MeUnLtd, we are offering carers, and particularly those caring for older people with dementia, the opportunity to take part in our special carers programmes: Its All About Me, Reach Me and Short Respite Breaks. These programmes have been designed to be challenging, stimulating, thought provoking, but most of all fun – in itself providing much needed respite from the often demanding role as a carer.

Come Hop on Route 294 – Just what the Doctor Ordered

The Western Trust in partnership with Translink and with support from the Department for Regional Development are asking the public to hop on the Pilot Service 294 route running between Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry/Londonderry and the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen.

The Western Trust can confirm that the Neonatal Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital is now fully reopened and is now accepting transfers in from other Health and Social Care Trusts.

Western Trust Volunteer recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Chairman of the Western Trust Gerard Guckian extended his warmest congratulations to Blodwen on her much deserved recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.  Blodwen Espley a volunteer with the Western Trust’s Volunteer Service at the South West Acute Hospital receives the BEM (British Empire Medal) for services to volunteering.

Hospital celebrates first birthday with a Flash Mob

Northern Ireland’s newest hospital, the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen celebrated its first birthday today. Members of the public, patients, relatives, doctors, nurses, carers and volunteers joined together to celebrate the first birthday in style. The £276million state-of-the-art Hospital opened its doors on the 21 June 2012. With approximately 1,200 babies delivered, 220,000 patient interactions and just under 28,000 Emergency Department attendances the hospital has had a very successful first year.

Western Trust welcomes Volunteers from America to help in clean-up project

Twenty-one volunteers from the United States are kindly donating their time with the Western Trust to help with a clean-up project at the Waterside Hospital, Gransha.

Model Primary School Enjoy Trip to the SWAH

Over 60 primary two children from the Model Primary School, Enniskillen enjoyed a visit to the South West Acute Hospital’s Emergency Department and Medical Imaging Department last week. The children, all aged between five and six years old, brought along their injured dolls and teddy bears for diagnosis and treatment by the doctors and nurses in the hospital.

Listen to Lesley! Choose to Live Better During Bike Week

The Western Trust’s Health Improvement Officer Lesley Finlay has a very special and unique role. She is charged with encouraging the public and health and social care staff from Tyrone, Derry/Londonderry and Fermanagh to increase physical activity and make healthier life choices. Lesley’s role is made possible through the support of the PHA who are working in partnership with the Western Trust by providing funding for her to co-ordinate the local implementation of the government’s cross-departmental ten year framework to address those who are overweight and obese ‘A Fitter Future for All’. At the same time she helps support opportunities for physical activity through special events such as those taking place during Bike Week.

Supporting Mums to Breastfeed

The Western Trust is inviting mums and mums-to-be to attend a number of special events to mark Breastfeeding Awareness Week across the Western Trust area.

Special Recognition for ‘First for Northern Ireland’ Initiative at UK Healthcare Awards

A Western Trust initiative has been named runner up in the finals of the prestigious national 2012 Advancing Healthcare Awards. Joy Whelan, Dietitian and Dr William Dickey, Clinical Lead in Gastroenterology received the award on behalf of the Western Trust at a special event in London. The project, an Extended Scope Practitioner (ESP) Led Coeliac Clinic, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, was runner-up in the “Rethinking the Patient Care Pathway” category of the Awards.

Awards Put Western Trust Nurses in the Spotlight

Eight nurses working in the Western Trust area have been honoured at this year’s Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Nurse of the Year awards. The awards recognise an individual’s commitment to improving standards of care, and to learning and leadership and acknowledge nurses, midwives, nursing assistants from across Northern Ireland who make an exceptional contribution to their profession.

FOCUS community network hear progress on the New Omagh Enhanced Local Hospital

The Western Trust held information sessions on the new Omagh Enhanced Local Hospital this week in Omagh Community House. Michael MacCrossan, Western Trust Project Lead for the Omagh Enhanced Local Hospital was speaking at three events where local community groups were invited to hear progress on the new local hospital in Omagh.

‘Prepared to Care’ as Annual Carers Week Arrives

During Carers Week 2013 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. This year’s theme ‘Prepared to Care’ examines the impact of the caring role and how very often carers have to take on the role without preparation or training.

Appointment of Medical Director

The Western Trust is pleased to announce that Mr Alan McKinney, Divisional Clinical Director (Emergency Care and Medicine) has been appointed temporary Medical Director for the duration of Dr Anne Kilgallen’ s one year fellowship opportunity to the USA in July 2013. Mr McKinney will take up this position in July 2013.

Appointment of Interim Director of Acute Services

The Western Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of an Interim Director of Acute Services. Geraldine McKay will take up this position to replace Geraldine Hillick who retires at the end of July 2013.

Local Student Nurse wins Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year 2013

A University of Ulster nursing student and Western Health and Social Care Trust student placement has been awarded “Most Inspirational Student Nurse of the Year” at a prestigious gala awards ceremony in London.

Launch of joint Charter to promote volunteering in health and social care

The Royal College of Nursing and Volunteer Now have joined forces to launch a Charter promoting volunteering in Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. The Charter, launched during Volunteer Week, has been warmly welcomed by the Western Trust. The Charter sets out the principles around which volunteering is organised and how to build good relationships between staff and volunteers.

Celebrating 150 Volunteers

We appreciate the support of many volunteers who donate their time in Tyrone, Derry/Londonderry and Fermanagh. During Volunteer Week (1 – 7 June), we are sharing a few of the many individual stories about the assistance and support such volunteers provide to patients, clients, visitors and staff, in both hospital and community settings. On average volunteers willingly give between two and four hours of their time each week providing support in roles such as meeting and greeting, meal time friends, complementary care therapies and breastfeeding peer support..

Dragon’s Den style mentor working with Young People in Care Guru’s (YPCG)

The Western Trust are celebrating as Omagh’s Young People in Care Guru’s (YPCG) have been announced as runners up in the Northern Ireland final of the Money for Life Challenge. The group of Omagh care leavers set up the Young People in Care Guru’s (YPCG) website providing information on managing money, housing and health. By getting this far in the competition they have now been appointed a mentor - a high profile Dragon’s Den style business man.

Walking for Health


The Western Trust Health Improvement Department are supporting Eden Walking Group (Plumbridge) to encourage local people to ‘Walk for Health’ with their friends, families and neighbours. Walking for Health is a regional programme to encourage people who are inactive to increase their level of physical activity by participating in local led health walks.

Health and Wellbeing at the Radio 1 Big Weekend Derry~Londonderry

Over 40,000 young people are expected to congregate in Derry~Londonderry this weekend to join in the Radio 1 Big Weekend music festival. While music can boost your mood, remember to look after your health and wellbeing with our important information and contacts.

Improving Dementia Care In Hospitals

The number of people in Northern Ireland with dementia is steadily increasing. In 2012 there were estimated to be 2,717 people with dementia in the Western Trust area, 1,830 of these had a diagnosis. As part of Dementia Awareness week 19 to 25 May, the Trust’s Older People’s Mental Health Services Team organised two events for staff at Altnagelvin Hospital. A workshop on ‘Dementia Friendly Design’ looked at designing hospital environments for people with dementia and provided an opportunity to learn how simple, low cost changes to the environment can make a real difference to medical staff and their patients.

Celebrating Our Youngest Teachers

A group of local babies were congratulated recently for their contribution to teaching the internationally recognised evidence based Roots of Empathy (ROE) classroom programme. The Western Trust's Roots of Empathy programme has been running with nine local primary schools in the Omagh and Fermanagh areas since September 2011. The programme has been shown to reduce levels of aggression among school children by raising social and emotional competence to increase empathy.

New fostering DVD Launch at Stormont

MLAs, foster carers, staff, and young people were among guests who attended the Regional Adoption and Fostering Service (RAFS) and The Fostering Network’s joint launch of Foster Care Fortnight in the Long Gallery, Stormont. At the event, the Regional Adoption and Fostering Service previewed a new fostering DVD, Could YOU foster?

Focus on ‘Compassionate Communities’ during Dying Matters Week 2013

The Western Trust in partnership with the North West Community Network (Participation, Engagement and Skills Project) and Foyle Hospice, held two special palliative care Master classes during Dying Matters Awareness Week (13 to 19 May). The first event took place at the Beech Hill Hotel in Derry/Londonderry, which was jointly coordinated by the North West Community Network and the Western Trust. This event is important for people in health, voluntary and community groups who are supporting those living with advanced illness.

Improve your Health with Chair Yoga Techniques course

A creative new way to improve strength, balance, flexibility and reduce stress has been recently introduced by the Western Trust’s Health Improvement Department. A Chair Yoga Techniques course has been specifically designed for clients with learning disabilities, older people and people with mental health problems who aren’t as mobile and are positioned in a chair all day.

Make Physical Activity Part of Your Day for Better Mental Health

The Western Trust is encouraging people of all ages to incorporate some physical activity into their everyday routine to improve both their physical and mental wellbeing. WHO statistics show that one in four people in the community are affected by depression and anxiety every year and people with poor physical health are at higher risk of experiencing common mental health problems.

Altnagelvin 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 19 May. The annual commemorative service will take place in the Large Lecture Theatre at the MDEC, Altnagelvin Area Hospital at 3pm.

Health Ministers Poots and Reilly visit South West Acute Hospital

Northern Ireland’s Health Minister Edwin Poots and Minister for Health and Children in the Republic of Ireland James Reilly have said there are many health benefits to be gained by working together. The Ministers were today visiting a number of joint sponsored, cross border projects to see first-hand how sharing health and care services across the two jurisdictions is benefiting people in the areas. The Ministers also visited the new South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen.

Foster Carers Urgently Needed – come along to a local meeting to find out more

More foster families are urgently needed to provide safe, stable and nurturing homes for vulnerable children and young people in the Western Area. This year to launch Foster Care Fortnight (13 - 27 May 2013) the Trust will be holding information sessions and will be participating in the regional recruitment campaign to highlight the sense of urgency for the need for more foster carers.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2013

The 28 April 2013 was World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Western Trust staff from the Urgent Care and Treatment Centre (UCTC) took this as an opportunity to remind the public to be safe and healthy at work.

The Western Trust at its Trust Board today approved a proposal to proceed to consultation on the proposed closure of four statutory residential care homes for older people in the Strabane, Derry and Limavady Council areas. This will not affect nursing home provision in the area or the Trust’s EMI residential home Seymour Gardens. The Trust will now engage in a consultation process in the coming weeks before any decisions are reached on the future of the four homes.

The Western Trust is committed to advising patients when there is a change or delay as they await a date for an appointment, treatment or procedure. In keeping with this commitment, the Trust has been informing patients who are currently waiting longer for an elective (planned) orthopaedic surgical procedure than we would wish why such a delay is occurring.

Supporting MS Awareness Week

The Western Trust is supporting the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week by highlighting the remarkable work MS nurses carry out with patients on a daily basis. With new people being diagnosed with MS each month, the Trust is aiming to raise awareness of the disease, symptoms and the support available across the Western Trust area. Multiple Sclerosis is the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults. It is a disease of the central nervous system and is normally diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 40. MS is a chronic condition and as yet there is no cure, but treatments and specialists can help you to manage the symptoms.

Florence Nightingale's life and work will be commemorated at a special interdenominational service organised by the Western  Trust and the University of Ulster on 8 May 2013. This annual service also celebrates the role and contribution of all staff - nursing and midwifery and unqualified staff working in the Health and Social Care Service. Members of the public and all those who have provided a caring role are also invited to attend.

The service will take place at St. Columb’s Cathedral, Derry/Londonderry at 6.30pm on 8 May 2013.

Western Trust shortlisted for National Recognition for CHKS Patient Safety Award

The Western Trust is the only Trust in Northern Ireland to be shortlisted for the CHKS Top Hospitals programme Patient Safety Award 2013. The CHKS Top Hospitals awards celebrate the success of healthcare providers across the United Kingdom and are given to acute organisations for their achievements in healthcare quality and improvement.

Consultant Asks Public to be Alert during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and to mark this, Dr William Dickey, Clinical Lead in Gastroenterology and Endoscopy with the Western Trust is encouraging eligible members of the public to participate in the Northern Ireland Bowel Cancer Screening Programme when the opportunity arises. Bowel cancer is the second commonest malignancy in Northern Ireland, with 1000 new cases and 400 related deaths every year.

Your Baby’s Journey: Infant Feeding Workshop for Parents-to-be

The Western Trust Infant Feeding Specialists are inviting parents-to-be to come and join them at a unique workshop ‘Your Baby’s Journey’ to help answer any questions about feeding your baby.The workshop will deal with all aspects of feeding and caring for your baby. A workshop in partnership with LAST SureStart will be held at Strathroy Community Centre, Omagh on Tuesday 23 April 2013 from 10am to 1.30pm. Another workshop will be held on Monday 29 April 2013 from 10am-1.30pm in the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen.

Declan Devine, manager of Derry City Football Club, opened a ‘one stop shop’ for young people with experience of care in Queen Street, Derry last week. Involving Include Youth’s Give and Take Scheme, VOYPIC (Voice of Young People in Care) and the Western Trust’s 16+ Pathway Service, this partnership provides an opportunity for some of the most vulnerable or disadvantaged young people in the area to get appropriate support services under one roof.

Western Trust Medical Director Receives Honorary Fellowship

Dr Anne Kilgallen, current Medical Director for the Western Trust has won a Quality Improvement Fellowship awarded by the Health Foundation, a charity which exists to improve healthcare in the United Kingdom. Dr Kilgallen is the only person in Northern Ireland to have won a Quality Improvement Fellowship this year, and only the second ever to receive this honour in Northern Ireland since the fellowships began.

'Just Say Yes' - Snow Patrol donates £20, 000 to Western Trust Cancer Suite

Chart-topping County Down band Snow Patrol have donated £20,000 to the Western Trust Cancer Services, Sperrin Suite based at Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry/Derry.

The wintry conditions did nothing to dampen the spirits of those who attended the Western  Trust’s, Killadeas Day Care Gala Ball which took place recently in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen. This is the fourth year that the service has held this very special event for those who attend the centre for day care.

Special Spotlight on Nursing Conference during UK City of Culture year

Nurses and Midwives from across Northern Ireland had an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge developments in nursing and health and social care modernisation at a special conference hosted, in partnership, by the Public Health Agency, the Western Trust and the University of Ulster, held recently at the City Hotel, Londonderry. An audience of 200 nurses and midwives from across Northern Ireland heard presentations that promoted examples of good practice, which highlighted successful innovations and improvements in health and social care pioneered by professional nurses and midwives.

Western Trust Welcomes Brave Little Girl Autumn

Chief Executive, Elaine Way, recently had a visit from a very special guest to her office at the Western Trust’s Headquarters at Altnagelvin Hospital. Special guest seven-year-old Autumn was presented with a certificate of her bravery for helping direct ambulance control to her grandfathers house.

Life’s amazing. Pass it on

Life’s amazing, pass it on – is the message from a new organ donation campaign launched by Health Minister Edwin Poots. You can join the NHS Organ Donor Register today to ensure that in the event of your death you can give the gift of life to others. Through your generosity and that of other donors we are saving and transforming the lives of many people with end-stage organ failure.

Don’t Get Caught Out By The Cold

The weather forecasted over the weekend is said to be very cold with frosty conditions. January 2010 saw a 57% increase in people over 65 years attending A&E in the Western Trust due to the inclement conditions.

The Western Trust met with relatives of patients and staff at Slievemore Nursing Unit this evening (Tuesday 12 March).  The purpose of the meeting was to clarify the current position regarding the unit for patients, relatives and staff. It also provided an opportunity to answer any questions raised. At the meeting we informed relatives and staff that the unit will close no later than 31 May 2013.

Healthy Eating Information Sessions tackling Obesity

The Western Health and Social Care Trust’s (Western Trust) Nutrition and Dietetic and Health Improvement Departments have joined forces with Primary Schools in the Western area to provide healthy eating information sessions aimed at tackling increased levels of obesity in Northern Ireland.

Smoking Cessation Team Urge ‘You’ to Quit on No Smoking Day

The award winning Western Trust Smoking Cessation Team are encouraging smokers to quit smoking and reap the financial benefits in this year’s theme for No Smoking Day on Wednesday 13 March to ‘SWAP FAGS FOR SWAG’! Western Trust Smoking Cessation Co-ordinators Mary Campbell and Kathleen McManus along with their health promotion colleagues are providing advice and support in venues across the Western Trust area to encourage people to quit smoking.

Public cooperation requested for infection control measures

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 have been feeling unwell themselves. An increase in diarrhoea has been experienced among patients in Ward 3, which treats respiratory patients, at Altnagelvin Hospital in recent days and as an infection prevention and control measure, the ward is currently closed to admissions.

NI Social Work Awards 2013  - Welcome to the UK City of Culture

For the first time the Northern Ireland Regional Social Work Awards are being held outside of Belfast with the Western Trust  playing host to this year’s awards in Derry/Londonderry.

Seminar Promotes Early Year's Intervention in the Prevention of Murder and Serious Violence

The Western Trust recently hosted an event with John Carnochan, Detective Chief Superintendent, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit. The event looked at how investment into Infant Mental Health and Emotional Well Being is critical in the early years of child development, because amongst other benefits, like improved health outcomes it also helps to prevent murder and serious violence within communities.

The Western Trust’s Director of Acute Services, Mrs Geraldine Hillick will retire at the end of July 2013.  Speaking about the announcement today, Trust Chief Executive, Elaine Way said: “It is with enormous regret that I advise you that I have today accepted Geraldine Hillick’s resignation as Director of Acute Services.  Geraldine has 41 years of service and has made a tremendous contribution in the West and beyond. I am sure you will join me in wishing Geraldine and her family all the very best for the future.”

Fostering Recruitment Coffee Morning

Staff from the Western Trust Fostering Recruitment and Assessment Team pictured today at a Coffee Morning held in the Public Services Centre in Omagh welcome interest from members of the public to find out more about fostering a child.  The Fostering and Recruitment Team have held a number of public information events over the past fortnight throughout the Western Trust area which have been very well attended.

Breathe Easy Events are a breath of fresh air

Living with a long-term condition such as lung or respiratory disease can be a wearing and isolating experience. As such, there are strong links between respiratory illness and poor mental health. Help is at hand and local people from Fermanagh were able to find out more at a very special event.

Public to Have Their Say on New Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital

The Western Trust is inviting the public to come along and have their say on the planned Radiotherapy Unit to be built at Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry. Ten Focus Groups will take place from the 27 February 2013 to the 21 March 2013 at various venues across the North West

Healthy Heart Valentine Day Tea Dance back by popular demand

Enniskillen and Omagh Neighbourhood Renewal Health Projects hosted their Healthy Heart Valentines Tea dance for the second year running this week. Funded by Department for Social Development’s Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Fund and supported by the Western Trust Health Improvement Department over 100 guests from Enniskillen and Omagh Neighbourhood renewal areas attended Corick House Hotel, Clogher on Thursday 14 February 2013.

Western Trust Teams donate to Friends of Arvalee

The Western Trust Autism Spectrum Disorder and School Nursing teams have recently presented donations to the Friends of Arvalee group to support the redevelopment of the Arvalee School following the fire last year.

Western Trust Welcomes Breastfeeding support volunteers

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

Are You a Carer?

Are You a Carer?

According to the most recent Census 2011 the number of people in an informal caring role in Northern Ireland has risen by 16%, but this is thought to be an under estimate. To support these Carers, the Western Trust is running two events in March 2013 to raise awareness and identify hidden carers. The events will offer carers the opportunity to avail of a range of health checks, a taster complimentary therapy and information which will help support them in their caring role.

Big investment leads to big move for local Mencap residents

The big move has started for Mencap’s Ashley House residents in Omagh, as they relocate to new supported living accommodation in the town.The move makes way for an extensive renovation and refurbishment programme for Ashley House, following a major investment by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Western Health and Social Care Trust, in association with long-term partners the Oaklee Homes Group. The project also includes building a brand new four bed bungalow next to the property.

Staff complete Inclusive Skills Course

The Health Improvement Department recently organised an Inclusive Skills Course for participants from the statutory, community and voluntary sectors.  The half day course was delivered by Disability Sports NI on 5th February at the YMCA, Derry. 

South West Acute Hospital six months on

The Western Trust paid tribute to all those involved in delivering care to patients at the South West Acute Hospital as it reached its six month milestone being fully operational, carrying out over 80,000 patient interactions and welcoming nearly 700 babies into the world. The replacement for Erne Hospital opened for business in June 2012, shortly followed by the official opening by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. The South West Acute Hospital six months on has delivered on a promise to bring vital care and treatment to thousands of patients in the Tyrone and Fermanagh areas.

Meet the Western Trust Stroke Specialist Nurse

Jackie McKee, Trust Stroke Specialist Nurse based at Altnagelvin Hospital has been a nurse for over 20 years; she previously worked in the Mater Hospital from 1992 before taking up her position as Stroke Specialist Nurse with the Western Trust in 2009. At the start of her nursing career, Jackie saw advancements in care for cardiac and cancer patients but she then believed that more could have been done for patients who suffered a stroke. Find out more about her role in the Western Trust.

Think Clear: Breathe Easy host special events in Tyrone and Fermanagh

People across Tyrone and Fermanagh are being encouraged to attend two special events where they will learn vital information on how to live with respiratory conditions and protect their mental wellbeing. Organised by the Western Trust in partnership with the British Lung Foundation and Public Health Agency these personal and public involvement events have been organised to raise awareness of the challenges of living with a chronic respiratory condition. They will look at how to adopt coping strategies to effectively self-manage conditions – and you are being asked to come along and find out more!

Society and College of Radiographers visits South West Acute Hospital

The Western Trust this week welcomed Mr Richard Evans, Chief Executive Officer Society and College of Radiographers on his first visit to the new South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen.

Foster homes urgently needed

The Western Trust is encouraging the public to thinking about Fostering by attending one of the public information events taking place in your area between 25 February - 1 March 2013. With a rise in the number of children coming into care in Northern Ireland, the Western Trust is urging more caring people to come forward in 2013 to provide vulnerable children with foster homes. There is particular need for more foster families across Londonderry, Fermanagh and Tyrone for children aged seven to 12 years, both on a short and long term basis.

What Makes You Click Winner Announced

The Western Trust Health Improvement Department have announced the winner of their first ever photography competition launched to celebrate positive mental health. Kevin Murphy from Derry/Londonderry was awarded the first prize out of a total of 39 entries. Experienced and novice photographers were invited to capture and submit photographs centred on the theme ‘celebrating positive mental health’ accompanied by a personal statement describing what the image means to them and their Mental Health.

Bee Safe Kids

Bee Safe Kids

An innovative scheme that promotes accident prevention and safety messages to Primary School children took place in the Bawnacre Irvinestown between 4th and 8th February 2013. Over 600 Primary 7 children from 26 schools throughout the Fermanagh District Council area attended the Bee Safe initiative which is co-ordinated by the Western Trust Health Improvement Department and funded by the Policing & Community Safety Partnership.

“Slievemore Nursing Unit is an 18 bedded unit providing specialist services for people with dementia who present with challenging behaviour. Slievemore is not intended to offer long term placements. However, it is acknowledged some patients have stayed longer than originally intended. The Trust has engaged formally for a second time with the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) in relation to Slievemore. As a result admissions will continue to be suspended to the Unit as agreed with RQIA. RQIA have not expressed any concerns in relation to the quality of nursing care currently delivered at Slievemore Nursing Unit. However, the model of care being delivered cannot be registered under any of RQIA’s registration classifications.

South West Acute Hospital scoops Prestige Access Award from the William Keown Trust

The South West Acute Hospital has recently scooped a top disability award from the William Keown Trust for how user friendly the new facility is. The Prestige Access Award was presented from the William Keown Trust to the Hospital as judges found there were so many considerations made in design and construction to make it fully user friendly for people with disabilities. It was noted there is a generous number of disability parking bays. The large reception area desks have low level sections suitable for wheelchair users, fitted with suitably signed hearing enhancement systems and excellent signage.

It’s time for me.....for a change!

Women and men faced with the demands of caring for a loved one do not usually have the time, energy or opportunity to think about themselves. But a range of unique personal development programmes are out there, funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) in conjunction with the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust), which has turned this on its head for over 150 carers across all care sectors, from Fermanagh, Omagh, Strabane and Derry/Londonderry.

Sailing on the Foyle for people with Disabilities

A meeting was held this week at the Western Trust’s Foyle Disability Resource Centre to discuss Foyle Sailability for people with disabilities. The Foyle Sailability initiative is aimed at securing access to Watersports and particularly sailing for people with disabilities in the North West. Disabled Sailing is now recognised as the fastest growth area in sailing in Northern Ireland and this meeting is about looking at what is needed to develop accessible facilities and sailing opportunities for people with disabilities and how this development can be supported locally.

The Western Trust is pleased to announce the investment of £148,000 to upgrade the Endoscopy Decontamination Unit (EDU) at Tyrone County Hospital. The EDU supports Endoscopy Services for patients. Endoscopy a medical procedure that allows a doctor to observe the inside of the body without performing major surgery using a tube-like endoscope and provides diagnostic facilities and minor surgical procedures for gastroenterology and cancer services and for other medical specialities. An endoscopy can have advantages including no scarring, quick recovery time, and less or no time in hospital.

First Childrens Emotional Wellbeing Strategy Launched

The Western Trust is launching its Emotional Wellbeing Strategy which encompasses the infant mental health strategy, and is aimed at children and young people from pregnancy to the age of 19+ years. This made the Trust the first in Northern Ireland to do so.

Public cooperation requested for infection control measures

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 have been feeling unwell themselves. An increase in vomiting and diarrhoea has been experienced among patients in Ward 40 at Altnagelvin Hospital in recent days.  As an infection prevention and control measure the ward, which treats stroke patients, is currently closed to admissions.

Important 'Bee Safe’ message goes out to local kids

The Western Trust is moving forward with an innovative scheme promoting accident prevention and safety messages to Primary School children. The event will be held in St Columb’s Park House on 14 - 18 January 2013 with over 950 Primary 7 children from 25 schools throughout the Derry City Council area in attendance. The Bee Safe initiative co-ordinated by the Western Trust’s Health Improvement Department and funded by Northern Ireland Electricity and the PSNI.

New technique for diagnosing cancer at South West Acute Hospital

Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is now available for the first time in Northern Ireland at the South West Acute Hospital.  This new ultrasound procedure recently introduced to the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen is helping some patients in the Western Trust with suspected lung cancer to achieve their diagnosis in a shorter time period. 

The test involves patients having a flexible and highly-sensitive combined camera and ultrasound scope passed deep into the lung which detects lymph nodes as well as tumours outside the windpipe. This allows these areas to be biopsied in order to diagnose the patient’s condition and in some cases to determine what stage the cancer is at. The 30 minute procedure allows a  quicker and safer service for patients, and, in a significant number of cases, eliminates the need for general anaesthetic.

Fermanagh Success at Healthcare Awards

Brendan Duffy Western Trust Locality Services Manager for Fermanagh, won the Experienced Manager of the Year category at the Institute of Healthcare Management’s (IHM) annual ceremony, held recently in Titanic Belfast. Brendan Duffy was recognised for his contribution over the years and in particular the role he has played in addressing and meeting the needs of older people residing in rural areas of Fermanagh and the wider Trust area.

Local Parent Becomes Communication Champion and Shines a Light with Award

Mum-of-four Debra McNeil is celebrating after being named as Communication Champion at the Shine a Light Awards 2012. Debra was nominated by the Western Trust’s Speech and Language Therapist, Jill Borland who said: “I nominated Debra for the award for setting up and maintaining a language enrichment group for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). I believe Debra was inspired to set up the group after her second son Joseph received help from a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) after being diagnosed with a complex SLCN and attended group sessions for a short period. She saw the benefits Joseph received from these sessions and decided to set up a group for children across Derry/Londonderry.”

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