Health Minister views progress of Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex

18/11/2016

Health Minister views progress of Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex Minister of Health, Michelle O’Neill today visited the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex construction site to view ongoing progress.
 
Construction continues on site with external works, car parks and landscaping well advanced during the summer months and with the tower cranes now removed work is concentrating on the internal finishes and fit out works with some blocks at an advanced state of completion.
 
Construction will be substantially complete by December 2016 followed by a further period of post completion engineering services commissioning. This will result in the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex being handed over to the Western Trust on a phased basis from late January 2017 with operational commissioning and occupation between February and May 2017.
 
Once operational, the £105 million pound investment will have 40 single en-suite bedrooms for in-patients which will include separate areas for rehabilitation and palliative care. The complex will also provide a range of services such as a 24 place renal dialysis unit, a Health and Care Centre including modern GP practices and an Urgent Care and Treatment Centre. In addition it will also provide advanced diagnostic services including a CT scanner. There will be three day surgery operating theatres, an endoscopy suite and 22 recovery beds.

Minister of Health, Michelle O’Neill said: “I am delighted to see first-hand the significant progress that has been made in the development of this valuable new complex.  The new hospital will cover a range of key primary, secondary and community healthcare services for local delivery to the people of Omagh and surrounding district.”

“Whilst we have been faced with a challenging economic climate and experienced the pressures this has placed on the provision of health services and infrastructure, it is extremely encouraging to see this important project progressing.

“I remain committed to the improvement and delivery of health and social care services in the north and I look forward to seeing these new premises become operational next year.”

Acting Chairman of the Western Trust, Mr Niall Birthistle said: “I am delighted to welcome Minister for Health, Michelle O’Neill to view the continuing progress in the construction of the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex. We are grateful for the continued support of the Department of Health and indeed the entire Executive as this significant capital project moves towards completion in early 2017 when it will provide a base for much-needed hospital and primary care services for the people of Omagh and the surrounding area. For many years our staff in the Tyrone County Hospital has provided high quality care in less than ideal accommodation. We now look forward to that same high standard of care being delivered in modern facilities built and equipped for the 21st Century.”
 
Alan McKee, Director for McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd, said: “We are delighted to welcome Minister for Health, Michelle O’Neill to a McLaughlin & Harvey site and to view the progress and quality of the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex. We are pleased to have reached this advanced stage in the construction and look forward to now to completing the internal fit out and commissioning of services.”