Historic Visit to New Omagh Hospital Construction Site


Historic Visit to New Omagh Hospital Construction Site As the tenure of Omagh District Council drew to a close, the Western Trust took the opportunity to invite all current and previous members of the Council’s Health Care Joint Liaison Group to join the Trust on a visit to the construction site for the new £105m Omagh hospital.

Anyone who has recently passed or visited the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital in Omagh can't but notice the huge tower cranes that dominate the skyline. These cranes stand over the site of the new Omagh Hospital and have been in operation since work on the site started in early summer 2014. They will remain for much of the construction phase which is expected to be completed by Autumn 2016.

Following a presentation at the project offices by Trust Project Lead, Michael MacCrossan, the visitation party made their way to the hospital construction site at the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital grounds on the Donaghanie road where they were shown around the site by contractor’s representative, Paul McLaughlin, Senior Construction Manager for McLaughlin & Harvey.

Commenting on the progress Michael said: “To date the contractor McLaughlin & Harvey has been busy on the ground with earth works preparing foundations and remodelling the site.  Indeed foundations have already been completed in many areas and the HSDU and Energy Centre are now well out of the ground and up to roof level.

“As spring and summer approach, along with the better weather, the pace of work on site is expected to quicken and before long visitors to area should begin to see the structural outline of the main hospital block and for the first time get a real appreciation of the scale of the development. It is expected that all the building works will be well advanced to second storey level during 2015.”

When welcoming the party of elected representatives, Alan Moore, Director of Strategic Capital Development with the Trust and senior responsible officer for the project, acknowledged the many challenges faced in bringing this project to fruition over the past five years. He said: “The establishment of strong partnering relationships between the Council and the Trust provided the reassurances to the public and their representatives whilst the Trust simultaneously continued to work to secure the necessary approvals to deliver the new facility.

He added: “The Trust has always emphasised the importance of reassuring the local population, and working with the local elected representatives, that all service areas currently delivered in Tyrone County Hospital and Omagh Health Centre will continue to be provided from the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.”

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