2016

09/08/2016

Wards 2, 3 and 31 at Altnagelvin Hospital and Waterside Ward 4 are temporarily closed to accepting new admissions due to Norovirus (Winter vomiting bug). A number of wards are partially open to new admissions whilst all other wards are being closely monitored.

Wards 31, and 2 at Altnagelvin Hospital and Waterside Ward 4 are temporarily closed to accepting new admissions due to Norovirus (Winter vomiting bug). A number of wards are partially open to new admissions whilst all other wards are being closely monitored.

Five wards at Altnagelvin Hospital and one ward at the Waterside Hospital have been temporarily closed to new admissions due to Norovirus (Winter vomiting bug). Admissions have been redirected to other wards within the hospital.

Wards at Altnagelvin Hospital have been temporarily closed to new admissions due to Norovirus (Winter vomiting bug)

Sow & Grow Celebrate 25th Anniversary

The Western Trust Sow & Grow Group celebrated 25 years of providing horticultural day opportunities for adults with a learning disability in the Londonderry area.

Western Trust encourages local community to keep warm and well in extreme weather conditions

The Western Trust is encouraging staff, clients, patients and members of the general public to keep warm and well this winter, especially during extremely cold weather conditions.

Memory Tree of Lights for Those Bereaved by Suicide

The Northwest and Roe Valley Bereaved by Suicide Support Groups are holding their annual ‘Memory Tree of Lights’ ceremonies on Sunday 4 December 2016 at 5.30pm in the Guildhall, Londonderry and Sunday 11 December at 5.30pm in the Wellness Centre, Limavady. 

Works begin at £73million development at Altnagelvin  – O’Neill

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill MLA, today announced the award of two significant contracts for further investment at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Communities Minister, Paul Givan, has announced funding of £160,223 to support phase four of the Waterside Greenway project in Londonderry.

Memory Tree of Lights for Those Bereaved by Suicide

The Fermanagh Bereaved by Suicide Group 'Forget Me Not' are holding their annual ‘Memory Tree of Lights’ ceremony, supported by the Western Trust, on Sunday 27 November 2016 at 3.00 pm in Breandrum Cemetery, 35 Tempo Road, Enniskillen.

Mefloquine - Advice To Serving Members Of The Armed Forces And Veterans

On 5 September, 2016 the Ministry of Defence (MOD) launched the Mefloquine Single Point of Contact for current and former Service personnel who have concerns about their experience of Mefloquine (commercially known as Lariam).

Commitment of Western Trust Staff Celebrated

Western Trust staff were celebrated at a special recognition awards ceremony yesterday. The annual ceremony, held in Omagh, recognised the huge contribution staff make to the delivery of health and care services in the western area.

Health Minister views progress of Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex

Minister of Health, Michelle O’Neill visited the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex construction site to view ongoing progress.

Health Minister officially opens Macmillan Information Point at the South West Acute Hospital

The Western Trust, in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, has opened a friendly and welcoming Cancer Information Point which will deliver a wide range of valuable information and support for people affected by cancer and those who have queries about cancer.

North West Cancer Centre ‘On Target’ for Opening

The Western Trust has confirmed that the radiotherapy service at Altnagelvin Hospital is on target to commence at the end of November.

‘Leading the Way’ to Active Travel

Staff at Altnagelvin Hospital are being encouraged to travel to and from work by sustainable means: walking, cycling, car-sharing and public transport.

Contract awarded for construction of £3.6m recovery and rehabilitation unit

The Western Trust has confirmed the appointment of P & K McKaigue Ltd as the contractor to build a new 18 bedded recovery and rehabilitation unit in Omagh. The “Rathview” unit is scheduled to open in spring 2018.

Doctor Albert McNeill assumes the role of President of the Irish Cardiac Society

In tribute to his life work in the development of cardiac care, Dr Albert McNeill has been made the President of the Irish Cardiac Society for the next two years (from Oct 2016), a hugely significant role as the Irish Cardiac Society is now recognised internationally as a significant organisation in the development and promotion of cardiac care and treatment.

Stay Safe this Halloween

The Western Trust is reminding everyone young and old to stay safe this Halloween to avoid preventable attendances to our Emergency Departments.

New service supporting adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder launched

A new service for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) was officially launched by The Cedar Foundation and the Western Trust at Derry Central Library recently.

Breathe Easy Roe Valley Support Group Launched

The Western Trust, in partnership with the British Lung Foundation (BLF) have successfully launched the Breathe Easy Roe Valley support group in Limavady to support patients, carers and families affected by a lung condition. 

Supporting International Infection Prevention Week 2016

We are supporting International Infection Prevention Week 2016 and are sharing the message that we all have a role to play, whether in health care or as members of public, to break the chain of infection. There are things you can do when visiting hospital to help prevent the spread of  infection like washing your hands before and after handling babies in hospital, and making sure you don’t sit on patients’ hospital beds.

Successful Support for People with Life Limiting Illness Event

As part of Palliative Care Week the Western Trust in partnership with the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care and other palliative care service providers across the Trust area held a very successful 'Choice and Planning with a Life Limiting Illness - what matters?' event.

Trust celebrates national Shared Lives week

The Western Trust is this week playing its part in a major national campaign to celebrate and promote the “Shared Lives” model of care.

Updated Carers Support Booklet Launched

The Western Trust in conjunction with  Carers Northern Ireland launched the updated carers support booklet which is a carers resource to health and well-being and how to access support.

‘National Adoption Week 2016’ - “Can you support Adoption?”

The Western Trust is supporting National Adoption Week (17 – 23 October 2016) by highlighting the need for adoptive placements for children in need of a forever family.

Launch of Breathe Easy Roe Valley Support Group

The Western Trust in partnership with the British Lung Foundation (BLF) are inviting patients, carers and families with a lung condition to join a new Lung Support Group in Limavady.

Supporting Dignity in Mental Health - World Mental Health Day 2016

We are supporting World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2016 - this year the theme is Dignity in Mental Health. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem and 9 in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result. By choosing to be open about mental health, we are all part of a movement that’s breaking down mental health stigma and discrimination.

Altnagelvin Hospital to Hold Annual Babies and Children Service of Remembrance

The Western Trust is holding a Service of Remembrance in memory of all babies and children who have died following miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal or infant death on Sunday 16 October 2016. The annual commemorative service will take place in the Large Lecture Theatre at the MDEC, Trust Headquarters, Altnagelvin Hospital at 3pm.

Accepting the Challenge – Neighbourhood Health Improvement Project Showcase Event

The Neighbourhood Health Improvement Project recently celebrated the positive impact of its work at the, ‘Accepting the Challenge’, event held in the Cultural Hub in Rosemount, Derry.

Western Trust delivers Virtual dementia Training to Staff and Carers

The Western Trust Older People’s Mental Health Service will be holding Virtual Dementia Training to staff and carers over the coming weeks.

The Western Trust is inviting members of the public to attend free ‘Stress Control’ weekly classes beginning on Thursday 6 October until Thursday 10 November from 7pm to 8.30pm in Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady.

Promoting Acute Care at Home Service for International Day of the Older Person

The Western Trust is delighted to announce the launch of the new Acute Care at Home Service on International Day of the Older Person (1 October 2016).

Support for people with Life Limiting Illness Event

‘Choice and Planning with a Life Limiting Illness - what matters?’ on Wednesday 12 October 2016, 9.30am – 2pm in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh. 

New Car Parking Procedures Starting Soon

The Western Trust is to implement new car parking measures at Altnagelvin Hospital and the South West Acute Hospital from Monday 3 October 2016 to improve management of traffic and car parking on both hospital sites.  

Foster Carers Urgently needed

The Western Trust is urgently appealing for new foster carers to come forward as the number of children who require permanent placements with families in foster care continues to grow. 

Parents encouraged to help protect their children this winter

The Western Trust School Nursing Team are asking parents to help protect their children this winter by ensuring they take up the childhood flu vaccination programme which will be offered to all primary school children over the next few months.  

27 Independent Domiciliary Care Contracts Awarded

The Western Trust has concluded its independent sector procurement process for domiciliary care provision, awarding 27 contracts to independent sector providers in the Western Trust area.

New Directions Programme is a Success for Lee

Lee Snodgrass, a 27 year old with a learning disability from New Buildings in Derry, is an employee of the Western Trust. Lee attended this month’s Western Trust Board meeting to speak about his experiences with working with the Trust.

Clown Doctors Prescribe ‘Smiles & Fun’ at Altnagelvin Hospital

The Children’s Ward in Altnagelvin Hospital is delighted to welcome the return of ‘Dr Sparky’ and ‘Dr Clooless’, the Arts Care Clown Doctors who’s main job is to prescribe entertainment and excitement to staff, patients and their families.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2016

On World Suicide Prevention Day (Saturday 10 September 2016) we are mindful that there are people in our local community who may be experiencing distress or despair. There is always help available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through Lifeline (0808 808 8000). Lifeline counsellors can listen to you and give you the help and support you need, in confidence.

‘Gifting Life, Giving Hope’ for Organ Donation Week

The Western Trust is delighted to unveil two new pieces of artwork placed outside the Intensive Care Unit of both Altnagelvin Area Hospital and South West Acute Hospital to acknowledge the wonderful act of donating organs and tissues.

The Western Trust is inviting members of the public to attend free ‘Stress Control’ weekly classes beginning on Thursday 22 September 2016 for six weeks

Your Road to Mental Health Recovery Starts Here

The Western Trust is launching the new Autumn prospectus for Recovery College. The Recovery College offers people a range of free educational courses and workshops designed to promote well-being and recovery.

 

Working towards Dementia Friendly Hospital Surroundings

The Western Trust has joined a national campaign which supports the rights of carers to stay with patients with dementia in hospital and care homes.

South West Acute Hospital to Hold Annual Babies and Children Service of Remembrance

The Western Trust is holding a Service of Remembrance in memory of babies who have died following miscarriage or stillbirth and neonatal and infant deaths on Sunday 11 September 2016.

Moving day arrives for Holly Lane tenants

The Western Trust in collaboration with Apex Housing Association hands over the keys to 16 new self-contained flats for Service users and their families at Holly Lane.

100 International Nurses destined for Western Trust

A potential 100 international nursing contracts will be offered to nurses from the Philippines and Italy to come and work in the Western Trust.

New way forward for Western Trust Community Equipment Service

The Western Trust is implementing a new Community Equipment service to provide greater effectiveness and home delivery directly to users homes.

Investment in ‘Best Practice’ set to begin at South West Acute Hospital's Emergency Department

The Western Trust will shortly commence investment in ‘Best Practice’ work to further enhance the efficiency of the South West Acute Hospital’s Emergency Department.

Farewell from Western Trust Chairman Gerard Guckian

A farewell message from outgoing Western Trust Chariman, Mr Gerard Guckian.

Killadeas Day Centre welcomes Royal visitor to open sensory garden

Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Gloucester officially unveiled a new sensory garden and recreational area at Killadeas Day Centre in Enniskillen. Western Trust and Enniskillen Rotary Club and will benefit adults with a range of learning and physical difficulties.

Patients Offered Latest Technology to Self-Check-In at Altnagelvin Hospital’s Emergency Department

The Emergency Department at Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry is now using the latest technology to self-check-in patients.

Improving Dementia Care in our Hospitals

As part of the work that is ongoing to improve Dementia Care within the acute hospital setting and in keeping with making Altnagelvin Hospital dementia friendly, the day room of Ward 20 has been transformed.

Cardiovascular Patient Research Group Launched

The Western Trust and the Northern Ireland Centre for Stratified Medicine at Ulster University have recently launched a new cardiovascular patient and public involvement research group based in the C-TRIC building at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Community Oral Health Challenge Celebrates 10 Years Success

Staff and pupils from schools in the Triax area joined the Community Dental Team from the Western Trust to celebrate 10 years of the Community Oral Health Challenge.

Celebrating National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2016

The Western Trust is celebrating National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (20 – 26 June 2016) having been awarded continued Baby Friendly accreditation from UNICEF.

 Building a Safer Community for our Older Citizens

The Western Trust marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (15 June 2016) by holding a series of staff coffee mornings across Primary Care and Older People’s Services on 13 June 2016. Staff demonstrated commitment to zero tolerance of abuse of older people by wearing the internationally recognised colour purple on the day. The events were supported by members of the Local Adult Safeguarding Partnership (LASP).

The Western Trust recently approved its Corporate Parenting Report for the period 1 October 2015 until 31 March 2016, at its June Trust Board meeting.

Supporting Infant Mental Health 2016

The Western Trust are supporting the first annual Infant Mental Health Awareness Week (6 – 10 June 2016).

Celebrating Carers Week 2016

During Carers Week 2016 from the 6 June to 12 June 2016 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.

Derry welcomes Hand Hygiene Torch

The Western Trust’s Infection Prevention & Control Team are supporting a nationwide hand hygiene campaign in the form of a torch tour around the UK and Ireland. The team recently took hold of the Hand Hygiene Torch at the Peace Bridge in Derry/Londonderry as part of the Northern Ireland leg of the tour running from 6-14 June 2016.

Men’s Health Put in the Spotlight

There is clear evidence that men, on the island of Ireland and further afield, experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health and die too young. International Men’s Health Week 2016, which runs from 13 - 19 June 2016 seeks to challenge this situation. It calls upon everyone to do something practical to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of local men and boys.

Western Trust Foster Carers recognised at Foster Carer of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Western Trust Foster Carers Charlotte Allen and Geraldine Doherty who were winners of two awards at the annual Foster Carer of the Year Awards, held recently in Belfast.

Get Active for Physical Activity Fortnight

The Western Trust is working in partnership with local Councils, community and voluntary organisations and workplaces to encourage people throughout the West to get active during a ‘Physical Activity Fortnight’ which is running from 6 - 19 June 2016.

Western Trust’s Pharmacy and Respiratory Team Wins Prestigious HSJ Value in Healthcare Award

Congratulations to the Western Trust's Pharmacy and Respiratory Team who won the Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation category at the 2016 Health Services Journal Value in Healthcare Awards.

Western Trust celebrate their youngest teachers

A group of 19 local babies and their families were congratulated recently for their contribution to teaching the internationally recognised “Roots of Empathy” classroom programme to children from local schools. 

‘Check, Choose and Enjoy’- A Healthy Eating Project in the Workplace

The Western Trust Catering and Health Improvement Departments are working in partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA) to encourage staff and the public to Check, Choose and Enjoy!

New Stress Control sessions in Omagh

We are inviting members of the public to attend free ‘Stress Control’ weekly classes beginning on Wednesday 25 May 2016 for six weeks from 6.30pm – 8pm at the Tara Centre, Omagh. The Stress Control sessions are designed for people who want to help them control common problems such as anxiety, depression, panic, poor sleep, burnout, loss of confidence or low self-esteem. The sessions will teach people to ‘become their own therapist’ and participants will be encouraged to work hard at practicing the skills they learn.

Western Trust Lead Nurse is RCN Nurse of the Year

Pauline Casey, Lead Nurse and Head of Service for Older Peoples Mental Health in the Western Trust has been crowned the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year 2016.

Altnagelvin - Working to become Dementia Friendly

The Western Trust is supporting Dementia Awareness Week (15- 21 May 2016) by highlighting the success to date of the ongoing project to make Altnagelvin Hospital Dementia Friendly.

Foster Carers Urgently needed in Western Trust area

Launching Fostering Fortnight from 16 May to 29 May 2016, the Western Trust is urgently appealing for new foster carers to come forward as the number of children who require permanent placements with families in foster care continues to grow. 

Changes to parking arrangements at Altnagelvin Hospital

Due to continuing major capital development work taking place at Altnagelvin Hospital, the Western Trust will be making some changes to parking arrangements on site.

Preventing Skin Cancer - Northern Ireland’s No.1 Cancer

The Western Trust Health Improvement Department is reminding people of the dangers of exposure to the sun and the use of sun beds as ‘Care in the Sun Week’ begins on Monday 9 May 2016.

Lilliput Theatre Company bid 'Farewell to the Foyle'

Lilliput Theatre Company will be performing “Farewell to The Foyle” on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th May 2016 in the Playhouse, Derry/Londonderry at 8:00pm.

Western Trust putting Brain Injury in the spotlight

The Western Trust is supporting Brain Injury Awareness Week (9 - 15 May 2016) and is highlighting the issue of ‘concussion’, more accurately known as “mild traumatic brain injury”.

‘Talk, Plan, Live’ during Dying Matters Awareness Week 2016

The Western Trust is supporting Dying Matters Week (9 – 15 May 2016) by encouraging everyone to talk openly to their loved ones about their preferred wishes, instructions and plans in the event of their death, either sudden or anticipated.

Infection Control Top Priority

The Western Trust is supporting the World Health Organization (WHO) in its global campaign to improve and sustain excellent levels of hand hygiene.

Social Farming Project a huge success

Two family farms in partnership with Rural Area Partnership in Derry Ltd have embarked on a project to help change the lives of people living with disabilities in the Western Trust areas of Derry, Strabane and Omagh.

Construction on NI's first health and wellbeing campus underway

Construction work on Northern Ireland’s first health and wellbeing campus at Altnagelvin Hospital is well underway. Taking part in an official ceremony on Tuesday recognising progress, Gerard Guckian, Chairman of the Western Trust said: “I’m delighted to be here today to mark the progress that has been made on this hugely important development in such a short space of time."

SWAH Staff put on their Dancing Shoes

Staff from the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen put on their dancing shoes to raise funds for equipment and comforts for patients staying in hospital with a Strictly Come Dancing extravaganza. With the Killyhevlin Hotel packed to capacity the event, was a sell-out. The event boosted staff morale whilst raising money for patients staying in hospital which would not normally be available through public funds.

Artwork Project Highlights Dementia Awareness

The Western Trust is continuing with its journey to become ‘Dementia Friendly’.  Altnagelvin Hospital is the first hospital in Northern Ireland to have initiated the regional Dementia Friendly Communities Project being led by the Alzheimer’s Society.

Foyle Disability Resource Centre Launches ‘A Year in Pictures’ Magazine

The Western Trust Foyle Disability Resource Centre (FDRC) is delighted to welcome Derry City and Strabane Council Mayor Elisha McCallion to launch FDRC Users ‘A Year in Pictures’ Magazine.

Racecourse Road Children’s Home Consultation Outcome

At the Western Trust’s meeting of the Trust Board on 7 April 2016, it was agreed to move forward with the closure of Racecourse Road Children’s Home, Londonderry and the reconfiguration of its resources to further develop and enhance children’s services in line with its Reform Plan. This followed a 12 week public consultation which closed on 29 January 2016.

County Donegal Heart Attack Patients soon to Benefit from New Cross Border Service

Today (7 April 2016) has seen a significant milestone in the development of a cross border cardiology service, which will soon see Donegal patients having access to 24/7 primary Percutaneous Coronary Invention (pPCI Services) at Altnagelvin Hospital. This progress was marked with the co-signing of a comprehensive cross border Service Level Agreement by Western Trust Chief Executive, Elaine Way and Saolta University Health Care Group Chief Executive, Maurice Power.

Volunteers Spruce Up Spruce House

Staff from Fujitsu in Londonderry recently took up the challenge to ‘Be a Saint’ for a day and rolled up their sleeves, volunteering their time to help spruce up the gardens at Spruce House.

Celebrating World Autism Day 2016

The Western Trust recently hosted an event to celebrate World Autism Day (1 April 2016) which brought together children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD, their parents and professionals from voluntary organisations and the Education sector.

We are holding free ‘Stress Control’ weekly classes beginning on Thursday 7 April 2016 until Thursday 12 May 2016 from 7pm to 8.30pm at Strabane Enterprise Agency, Strabane. These sessions are designed for people who want to help them control common problems such as anxiety, depression, panic, poor sleep, burnout, loss of confidence or low self-esteem (in other words, ‘stress’). The sessions will teach people to ‘become their own therapist’ and participants will be encouraged to work hard at practicing the skills they learn.

Delight with Ministerial decision on location of Inpatient Mental Health Unit

The Western Trust is delighted with the Health Minister’s announcement which supports the Trust’s preferred option of Omagh as the location for the planned second Mental Health Inpatient Unit.

World Tuberculosis Day

Ahead of World Tuberculosis Day (24 March 2016), the Western Trust is taking the opportunity to raise awareness of tuberculosis (TB) to help stop transmission of the disease, by encouraging early diagnosis and treatment.

Western Trust host evening for Year 13 students

The Western Trust last week hosted an open evening for Year 13 students to provide an understanding of medicine and dentistry as a career and how best to apply for these courses.

Could you ADOPT and share a child’s journey through life

The Western Trust is highlighting the demand for adoptive placements for children in need of families for life by holding a number of information events week beginning Monday 21 March 2016, throughout the Western Trust.

Trust hosts Child Protection Conference

The Western Trust recently hosted a two day child protection conference which brought together professionals from across health and social care to share best practice in the safeguarding of children.

Celebrating Two Years Smokefree

The Western Trust is ‘Proud to be a Quitter’ as it celebrates two years Smokefree this No Smoking Day.

Volunteering Opportunity at Altnagelvin Hospital

The Western Trust is seeking to recruit additional volunteers to assist at Altnagelvin Hospital’s Emergency Department.  A new check-in system is being introduced in this area and volunteers will be a great asset in assisting patients and to offer practical support to staff. 

Success at NI Healthcare Awards

Congratulations to Dr Rose Sharkey, Respiratory Consultant in the Western Trust and the Community Respiratory Team who have won the Clinical Leadership Team Award at the Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards 2016 for the work they have carried out since the launch of the team in June 2015.

First Minister and Health Minister view progress of Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex

First Minister, Arlene Foster and Health Minister, Simon Hamilton today visited the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex construction site to view its ongoing progress. 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.

Altnagelvin Radiotherapy Services Receives Cancer Treatment Machines

Some of the most advanced equipment currently available in cancer treatment was delivered to Altnagelvin Hospital over the weekend. This marks the latest milestone in the Western Trust's cross border Radiotherapy project.

Fermanagh Recovery College Launch - new mental health workshops in Enniskillen

The Trust is inviting members of public to the launch of the Fermanagh Recovery College on Friday 4 March 2016 at Enniskillen Library from 10am to 12.30pm.  For the first time, the Recovery College will be offering people in Fermanagh a range of free educational courses and workshops designed to promote well-being and recovery. The launch will also introduce other local services and organisations that support and promote recovery. Course topics include: Introduction to Recovery, Understanding Depression, Free your thoughts, Live Your Life! and Understanding Drug Abuse.

New Mentoring Scheme for Children in Care

The Western Trust, in partnership with Ulster University, have launched a new mentoring project for looked after children to coincide with Care Day NI.

New Mental Health Education Workshops

The Western Trust Recovery College is inviting service users, carers and members of the public, who would like to gain a better understanding of mental health issues, to attend free mental health education workshops. Registration for the free workshops is essential. Anyone who would like to register or find out more information should come along to one of the enrolment sessions.

Newly Trained Breastfeeding Peer Support Mums

The Western Trust has over 35 breastfeeding peer support mums across the entire area who are available to help in a number of ways. Some newly trained mums recently met together to update their training and meet the new Breastfeeding Peer Support Coordinator.

Inspiring volunteer wins Diabetes UK Award for supporting others

The Western Trust is celebrating the achievement of one their Diabetes Specialist Nurses at the recent Diabetes UK regional Inspire Awards. Hilary Caskey has been presented with the Supporting Others Award from the charity Diabetes UK in recognition of her voluntary work with the Limavady Diabetes UK Support Group.

Could you give me love, fun and safety “til I grow up” – Urgent Foster Care Appeal

An urgent appeal for new foster carers to come forward has been launched by the Western Trust as the number of children who require permanent placements with families in foster care continues to grow.

Successful launch of CHKS Radiotherapy Accreditation

The Trust held an event at the start of February to launch the beginning of the Radiotherapy service participating in the CHKS Accreditation Programme. The launch communicated key information to colleagues across the Trust and signified the importance of an accredited radiotherapy service and Quality Management System in order to deliver high quality patient care in radiotherapy.

Western Trust receives Investing in Volunteer Award for the effective involvement of volunteers

The Western Trust is proud to announce that Volunteer Now has awarded a renewal of the ‘Investing in Volunteers’ Quality Standard Award to the Trust’s Volunteering Service.

Views sought on autism and mental health services for children and young people

The Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency want to hear about your experiences to help shape how care is delivered in Northern Ireland. 

Play Your Part for a Better Internet

Safer Internet Day takes place on 9 February 2016 with the theme, ‘Play Your Part for a Better Internet’. The Western Trust e-Safety Steering Group are coordinating a calendar of events for mark this event, targeting different age groups and including a social media campaign designed for parents of young children. The aim of this campaign is to get parents to think about how they use internet enabled devices and how this might impact on family life.

Western Trust Occupational Therapist Wins Major Award for Pioneering Work

Congratulations to Western Trust Occupational Therapist Lisa Campbell who has been awarded the first Leckey Award for Allied Health Professionals in Children’s Services at the 2016 Advancing Healthcare Awards NI.

Nursing and Midwifery Staff Celebrated at Inaugral Awards

The high calibre of Western Trust nursing and midwifery staff was celebrated this week at our first annual Nursing and Midwifery Awards. The event, held in the Waterfoot Hotel, Londonderry honoured the Trust’s 5,000 hospital and community based nurses, midwives and health visitors and recognised their contribution to local health and social care.

We are holding free ‘Stress Control’ weekly classes beginning on Thursday 4 February 2016 until Thursday 10 March from 7pm to 8.30pm at Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady. The Stress Control sessions are designed for people who want to help them control common problems such as anxiety, depression, panic, poor sleep, burnout, loss of confidence or low self-esteem (in other words, ‘stress’). The sessions will teach people to ‘become their own therapist’ and participants will be encouraged to work hard at practicing the skills they learn.

Bamford Evaluation – Your experience matters

Do you have a learning disability or are you a carer of someone with a learning disability? We want to hear from you! We are helping the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to hold meetings to hear stories from people who have a learning disability about things like health, school, work and training. We have organised two meetings for anyone with a learning disability and / or their parents / carers to come to share their thoughts with us...

What the Community Respiratory Team can do for you

Three and a half years ago Ronnie Farrell was admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties and since then he’s transformed his life with the help of Community Respiratory Nurses. Read and listen to what Ronnie has to say about his time with the Community Respiratory Team.

Working Together to Keep Vulnerable Adults Safe

The ‘Working Together to Keep Me Safe’ is a project which aims to increase public awareness of adult safeguarding in nursing, residential and supported living care centres. The project which is endorsed by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority was recently launched by the Western Local Adult Safeguarding Partnership (LASP).Due to age, disability or ill mental or physical health, many are less able to protect themselves from harm. This project will help support individuals to make genuine choices in their care and recognise and protect themselves where possible from potential abusive situations.

Obesity Week Roadshows

Our Health Improvement Department hosted a number of roadshows in Hospital facilities across the Trust area this year's Obesity Awareness Week. Lesley Finlay, Health Improvement Physical Activities Co-ordinator explains how obesity prevention is not about making huge lifestyle changes.

We are holding free ‘Stress Control’ weekly classes beginning on Tuesday 19 January 2016 from 1pm to 2.30pm at Clooney Hall. Running for six weeks, this class is for people who want to help them control common problems such as anxiety, depression, panic, poor sleep, burnout, loss of confidence or low self-esteem (in other words, ‘stress’). The sessions will teach people to ‘become their own therapist’ and participants will be encouraged to work hard at practicing the skills they learn.

The Trust recently hosted a two day child protection conference which brought together professionals from across health and social care to share best practice in the safeguarding of children.

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