Choose to Live Better Obesity Prevention Campaign

The Western Trust Health Improvement, Equality and Involvement Department and the Public Health agency are working in partnership to promote the Choose to Live Better Obesity Prevention Campaign 2018.

'Stress Control' sessions to run in Limavady

The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) is inviting members of the public to attend free ‘Stress Control’ weekly classes beginning on Tuesday 16th January 2018  to Tuesday 20th February 2018 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm in the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre in Limavavdy.

14 Week Car Parking Targeted Engagement Process Launched

The Western Trust has launched a 14 week targeted engagement process to receive the views/comments on a proposal to implement a permanent increase to paid car parking charges.  

Wonderful performances by Killadeas Day Centre Service Users

Staff and service users of the Western Trust Killadeas Day Care facilities put on a festive performance at the Royal British Legion, Enniskillen on Wednesday 13 December 2017. 

Carers Discount Voucher Booklet Launched

The Western Trust Carers Support Team are delighted to launch a book of discount vouchers for unpaid carers who are registered in the Trust’s carers database at the annual Carers Carol Services held at the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen on Thursday 7 December 2017 and the City Hotel, Londonderry on Wednesday 13 December 2017.

Tyrone County Hospital – Through The Years commemoration booklet launched

The Western Trust are delighted to launch a commemoration booklet today at the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex, to recognise the immense contribution the Tyrone County Hospital has made to the community over the past 120 years.

Calling for participants in Castlederg area for research study in MS and IBD

The Clinical Translational Research Innovation Centre (C-TRIC) based at Altnagelvin Hospital is seeking volunteers from across the Western Trust) with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD, Ulcerative Colitis or Crohns). 

Day of Celebration for Foyle Disability Resource Centre

The Western Trust's Foyle Disability Resource Centre recently held an event to celebrate the fantastic work taking place in the Day Centre. Primarily for adults between 18-64 years of age with a physical or sensory disability and /or brain injury, the Centre provides a variety of therapeutic, social, educational and recreational activities, striving to promote personal development and improve the quality of life for all its members.

Pharmacy Team wins UK Award

AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced the winners of its 2017 Sustainable Healthcare ‘Patients as Partners’ Awards. The Western Trust and Northern Trust Pharmacy Teams' joint project, the Medicines Optimisation in Older People programme, was recognised for its outstanding achievements in the ‘Making Health and Social Care Patient friendly‘ category.

Western Trust Part of Multi-Million Pound Health Project

An €8.7million cross-border project has been launched, which is designed to enable older people with long term conditions (LTCs) to take the steps needed to live well, safely and independently in their own homes.

Pharmacy Team Shortlisted for a National Sustainable Healthcare Award

The Western Trust Pharmacy Team has been selected as a finalist in the national AbbVie Sustainable Healthcare Awards 2017.  The Team, in collaboration with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (Northern Trust) pharmacy team have been shortlisted in the ‘Making Health and Social Care Patient Friendly’ award. The Team has developed its medicines service for older people in care homes and intermediate care beds.

Over 500 Patients Benefit from Acute Care at Home Service

Over 500 patients have benefitted from the Western Trust's  Acute Care at Home Service since it launched one year ago. The short-term acute service provides a ‘virtual ward’ in the patient’s home to treat their illness, avoiding an unnecessary admission to hospital or facilitating early discharge from the hospital.

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 26 November 2016 at 3.00 pm in Breandrum Cemetery, 35 Tempo Road, Enniskillen. This event is held to remember loved ones lost to suicide and to support family and friends during the holiday season, which can be an especially difficult time. 

Utilising European Union INTERREG VA grant funding secured by the Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) Partnership, the ‘CoH Sync’ (Community Health Sync) Project wishes, via a public procurement / tender process, to establish 8 Community Health and Well-being Hubs. As part of the project, a tender has been issued for the development of these Hubs in 8 geographical areas to deliver early intervention and prevention of ill health initiatives.

Tackling Adversity in Childhood in Northern Ireland

Children who are routinely exposed to situations such as domestic violence, mental ill health, alcohol and other substance misuse problems in their homes experience a negative impact which can last well into adulthood.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits South West Acute Hospital

The Western Trust was delighted to welcome Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar on his first visit to the South West Acute Hospital (SWAH), Enniskillen on Sunday 12 November 2017.

Supporting World COPD Day

The Western Trust is delighted to support World chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) day (15 November 2017), by launching its new respiratory services directory and highlighting respiratory services. 

First Sands-funded bereavement suite opened in Northern Ireland

Parents in Londonderry who have been given the devastating news that their baby has died will now have a place to spend precious time and say goodbye, in the first bereavement suite in Northern Ireland at Altnagelvin Hospital, funded and opened by Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) today.

Infection Prevention and Control - Its Everyone’s Business

During the winter months, infections such as Norovirus (vomiting bug) are very common and easily spread. The Western Trust is asking everyone to help stop the spread of infection by following a few simple steps.

Inspiring Young People Win National Award

The Western Trust is celebrating the achievement of its young people and the 16 plus team, having won a national award for the creation of their ‘Young People’s Health App’ www.younghealthhelp.com.

South West Acute Hospital becomes NI Regional Centre for European Trauma Course

The Western Trust's South West Acute Hospital has recently become the Northern Ireland Regional Centre for the European Trauma Course.

Stress Control sessions in Londonderry

The Western Trust is inviting members of the public to attend free ‘Stress Control’ weekly classes beginning on Tuesday 7 November 2017 to Tuesday 12 December 2017 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm in the Millennium Forum, Newmarket Street, Londonderry.

Keep well and warm this winter

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

New cross-border health & wellbeing campus opens today at Altnagelvin Area Hospital

A new Health and Wellbeing Campus, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, opens its doors at Altnagelvin Hospital today. 

Adverse Weather Update - 17 October

The Western Trust can confirm that all services, including scheduled outpatient appointments and treatments, are running as normal today.

National Adoption Week 2017 - “Can you support Adoption?”

The Western Trust is supporting National Adoption Week (16 – 22 October 2017) by highlighting the need for adoptive placements for children in need of a forever family.

Adverse Weather Announcement

The Western Trust has postponed routine outpatient appointments and routine treatments for this afternoon at Altnagelvin Hosptial, Omagh Hospital and Primary Care and the South West Acute Hospital. The Trust is contacting people directly with regards to their appointments.

Fostering Information event at Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane cancelled

The Western Trust’s Fostering and Recruitment Team have advised that due to adverse weather condition the information event at the Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane this evening (16 October 2017) has been cancelled.

Involvement in Adult Learning Disability - Shaping the Future Information Sessions

The Department of Healthcommissioned an independent facilitator, Ms Anne McMurray in early 2017 to undertake ‘Speak Easy’ sessions with Parents/Carers Groups and the Western Trust. The purpose of these ‘Speak Easy ‘sessions was to look at areas of unmet need and to develop a model of involvement for Service Users and Carers in shaping service provision within Adult Learning Disability Services.

Extraordinary Trust Board Meeting - Savings Plan Proposals

Today, the Western Trust held an extraordinary Trust Board meeting to discuss its Savings Plan Consultation and Outcome Report 2017/18. Trust Board welcomed the announcement of the additional in year funding for health and social care services and is pleased to now be in a position to remove the high impact proposals from the savings plan.

Savings Plan Proposals 2017/18

The Western Trust welcomes the additional money for health and social care in 2017/18. 

Supporting World Mental Health Day

Showing support for World Mental Health Day (10 October 2017) by encouraging staff to wear something yellow to raise awareness of mental health issues in the workplace as part of the ‘Not myself today’ campaign.

‘Breaking the Silence’ for Baby Loss Awareness Week

The Western Trust is ‘Breaking the Silence’ by supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 October 2017). Losing a baby is often a taboo subject but with 15 babies stillborn each day in the UK and one in four pregnancies resulting in miscarriage, it’s important to know you’re not alone.

Proud to be a Quitter in Limavady

Congratulations to those who have recently successfully completed the 12 weeks smoking cessation programme in the Western Trust Smoking Cessation drop in clinic in Limavady.

Virtual Dementia Training helps staff feel what it’s like to live with Dementia

Quality care for people living with dementia begins with professional caregivers who are sensitive, patient and kind. However, for those who have never experienced at first hand the physical and mental challenges facing people with dementia, the ability to understand with empathy and respond to individuals appropriately may be difficult. Virtual Dementia Training is a scientifically proven method of helping staff to understand what people with dementia experience every day and is ‘a window into their world’. 

Annual Service of Remembrance for Babies and Children

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 15 October 2017 at 3pm.

Local Children in Urgent Need of Foster Care

The Western Trust is urgently looking for people who want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people by becoming foster carers.

Pay and Display Parking at South Wing entrance, Altnagelvin Hospital site

The Western Trust wish to inform the public about the implementation of Pay and Display Parking at Altnagelvin Hospital’s main South Wing entrance. The new arrangements will be operational from Monday 9 October 2017.

Transfer of Domiciliary Care Contracted Services

The Western Trust wish to inform the public that the Western Trust is transferring domiciliary care contracted services between agency providers in the Cityside area of Londonderry and Irvinestown and surrounding areas in Fermanagh.  This transfer will take place on Sunday 1 October 2017.


Awareness evenings for Asthma, Diabetes and Epilepsy in young people

The Western Trust is hosting free Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy and awareness evenings to educate those involved with young people outside of school, about these conditions.

Extraordinary Meeting of the Western Health and Social Care Trust Board

An extraordinary meeting of the Western Health and Social Care Trust Board will be held on

Friday, 13 October 2017 at 12 noon in the Foyle Arena, 2 Limavady Rd, Londonderry, BT47 6JY

Emergency Medicine Consultant joins Helicopter Emergency Medical Service

A Western Trust Consultant in Emergency Medicine has joined the new Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) that is now providing a trauma service to the most critically ill patients throughout Northern Ireland.

Living Well with Respiratory Disease Public Events

The Western Trust is inviting both members of public and healthcare workers to attend free events focusing on ‘living well with respiratory disease’.

30% Living with Dementia Remain Undiagnosed

There are approximately 20,400 individuals living with dementia in Northern Ireland and this figure is set to increase to 60,000 by the year 2051. Despite many awareness raising activities in recent years on the issue of dementia, approximately 30% of people living with dementia in the Western Trust area remain undiagnosed with the disease. A diagnosis leads to a pathway which provides information, care and support services.

10,000 More Voices – Discharge from Hospital Survey

The Western Trust is asking local patients who have been discharged from hospital during the past two years to tells us about their experience by completing our survey.

Adoptive Parents urgently needed in Western Trust area

The Western Trust is urgently appealing for new adoptive parents to come forward as the number of children who require forever homes with families continues to grow. 

The Western Trust is inviting members of the public to attend free ‘Stress Control’ weekly classes beginning on Tuesday 12th September 2017 to Tuesday 17th October from 6:30pm – 8:00pm in Tara Centre, Campsie Road, Omagh

Invitation to Public Meetings to discuss Draft Savings Plans

The Western Trust would like to hear the public’s views on the 2017/18 Savings Plan proposals and has organised four public meetings across the Western Trust area in the coming weeks.

Bereaved by Suicide support launched

The Western Trust has launched new resources to support those bereaved by suicide. An informative booklet and poster have been developed providing contact details of the five local ‘Bereaved by Suicide’ support groups available across the Western Trust.

Speak Up and Save a Life

Approximately 7,000 people require an organ transplant annually in the United Kingdom and unfortunately every year around 14 people in Northern Ireland die waiting for an organ transplant. During Organ Donation Week (4 – 10 September 2017) the Western Trust is highlighting the real shortage of organ donations and encouraging everyone to register to become an organ donor.

Palliative Care – Much More Than Just Medical Need

The Western Trust is supporting Palliative Care Week (3-9 September 2017) by highlighting the difference palliative care can make to patients, carers and families.

Recovery College Launches Autumn 2017 Prospectus

The Western Trust has this week launched the Recovery College Autumn 2017 prospectus offering a range of free educational courses and workshops designed to promote mental health well-being and recovery. The courses which are written and delivered by people with lived experience of mental health issues alongside those with professional experience and knowledge, aim to help individuals develop their personal resourcefulness and resilience, improve self-management skills and work towards a more positive future. 

Public Consultation on Savings Plan

All HSC Trusts have today, 24 August 2017, launched a six week public consultation on a proposed savings plan for 2017/18. The Trusts are seeking the public’s views on a series of proposals being put forward to enable the health and social care services to be delivered within the funding available. The consultation will close on the 05 October 2017 and the outcome of the consultation will be considered at a Trust Board meeting in October 2017.

Award Winning Kinship Foster Carer

Western Trust Kinship Foster Carer, Marlene Feeney has today been thanked by members of Trust Board for her outstanding contribution to the Foster Care Service in the West.

Extraordinary Meeting of Board of Directors

An extraordinary meeting of the Board of Directors will be held for discussion of the Western Trust's savings plan for 2017/18.

Oral Health Programme launched in Melrose Day Centre

The Western Trust is delighted that staff from the Community Dental Team have linked up with Melrose Day Centre, supporting Service Users with mental health issues to develop a holistic oral health service.

Getting Ready for Baby programme launched in Fermanagh

The Western Trust is delighted to launch the ‘Getting Ready for Baby’ programme in Fermanagh. This is a new pioneering way of delivering antenatal care to first time parents.

Challenging the Social Acceptability of Breastfeeding

The Western Trust celebrate World Breastfeeding Week from 1st-7th August 2017. This year the campaign theme focuses on public support of breastfeeding with a number of events taking place to challenge social acceptability.

Award-winning actress Eva Birthistle backs Western Trust Organ Donation Campaign

Award-winning actress Eva Birthistle, daughter of Niall Birthistle, Chairman of the Western Health and Social Care Trust, visited Altnagelvin Hospital recently to lend support to the Western Trust’s organ donation campaign.

Stay Safe this Summer

The Western Trust is reminding parents and children of all ages to play safe this summer to avoid preventable attendances to our Emergency Departments (A&E).

Smoke free help is at hand

The Western Trust is offering smokers a free and flexible stop smoking service that is supported and run by specialist stop smoking practitioners. 

Seymour Gardens Residential Home Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The Western Trust is celebrating 40 years of Seymour Gardens Residential home in Londonderry. The 26 bedded unit, which opened in 1977 is the only residential home in the northern sector of the Western Trust dedicated to the care of people with dementia who are in need of a level of care and support that cannot be provided through services in the community. 

Chief Executive Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Chief Executive of the Western Trust Elaine Way, CBE has been given the lifetime achievement award at this year’s Healthcare People Management Association Excellence in HRM awards. Elaine has been Chief Executive since 2006 when the Western Trust was set up – now one of the largest and most complex public sector organisations in the UK.

Schools for Hope Project – Looking after Children’s Mental Health and Well-being

A major conference on 26 June 2017 in Ulster University, Magee Campus heralds the launch of ‘Schools for Hope’, a new and innovative resilience concept for children and young people. 

33rd Annual Cardiology Update held in South West Acute Hospital

Cardiac patients across the Western Trust area, Northern Ireland and further afield look set to benefit from a showcase 33rd anniversary Cardiology Update held in the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen on Friday 09 June 2017.

South West Acute Hospital Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

The South West Acute Hospital reached its fifth anniversary recently. To mark this significant milestone patients, staff and management gathered together for an afternoon of celebration. The celebration included singing from the Integrated College Choir, prayers from the clergy, the South West Acute Hospital choir and the cutting of a birthday cake.

New Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex opens to patients

The United Kingdom’s newest hospital (the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex) opened its doors to patients for the first time today (20 June 2017).

Western Trust Staff Honoured in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Chief Executive of the Trust, Elaine Way, CBE extended her warmest congratulations to Alan Corry Finn, Executive Director of Nursing, Professor Mahendra Varma, Lead Consultant Physician/Cardiologist and Anne Love, Volunteer Manager on their much deserved recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

How can YOU support Breastfeeding in your local area?

The Western Trust is celebrating their local Breastfeeding Awareness Week from 19 -25 June 2017.  This year the Western Trust is asking how you can support breastfeeding in your area.

Celebrating Carers Week 2017

During Carers Week 2017 from the 12 June to 18 June 2017 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.

Car Parking Arrangements at new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex

The Western Trust wish to inform the public about the transport and parking arrangements in place in advance of the opening of the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.

Western Trust Encourages Everyone to Commit to Building a Safer Community for our Older Citizens

The Western Trust marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on 15 June 2017 by holding a series of financial exploitation awareness sessions with older people across the Trust area. The events were supported by PSNI and local banks.

Students artwork proudly displayed in new Omagh Hospital

The Western Trust is delighted to have Art students from Drumragh Integrated College, Omagh involved in an exciting arts project for the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.

Omagh Health Centre on the Move

GPs and Practice Managers from Omagh Health Centre are getting ready for the move to their new state-of-the-art GP Practices on the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex site.

Give your baby the best start in life campaign

The Western Trust is committed to ensuring every baby and young child in the Trust area has the best start in life. There is approximately 3,000 babies born every year in the Western Trust area and so the Trust is marking national Infant Mental Health Week (12 to 16 June) with a series of events and making it a top priority to raise awareness of the five key Infant Mental Health messages.

Men and boys urged to focus on their health during International Men’s Health Week

Today marks the start of International Men’s Health Week. During this time, the Western Trust is urging everyone to focus upon medical conditions and the general health and wellbeing of local men and boys.

Could you contribute to health and well-being in your local community?

EU INTERREG VA programme funding has been secured by the Co-operation and Working (CAWT) cross border Health and Social Care Partnership for the development of Community Health and Well-being Hubs in the border region of the Republic of Ireland/Northern Ireland and Western Scotland. 

Corporate Parenting Report

The Western Trust recently approved its Corporate Parenting Report for the period 1 April 2016 until 31 March 2017, at its June Trust Board meeting.

Helping Children and Young People Affected by Cancer

The Western Trust is helping children and young people who have a parent or significant adult with cancer, to cope with dramatic changes it can often bring to their lives.

Corporate Plan Launch 2017-21

The Western Trust has launched its new Corporate Plan covering the four years 2017 to 2021.  Following an extensive engagement exercise with Western Trust staff and a formal public consultation, the Plan was approved by Trust Board on 2 March 2017 and by the Department of Health.

Clinical professionals honoured for their work in supporting people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The Western Trust is celebrating the work of clinical professionals as they scoop five awards for their dedicated work and care to people suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). 

Celebrating the youngest teachers in the West

The Western Trust are celebrating their youngest teachers. A group of 18 local babies and their families were congratulated recently for their contribution to teaching the internationally recognised “Roots of Empathy” (ROE) classroom programme to children from local schools.

New Shuttle Bus Service to Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex

The Western Trust has agreed an important new bus contract with Translink, which will see a shuttle bus service operate from Omagh Bus Station to the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.

Acute Care at Home Team - Uniting to fight against Dementia

The Acute Care At Home Team is a specialist team that provides acute care to clients over the age of 75 in their own homes. Marie O’Hara, Acute Care At Home Team Manager, explains the service, she said: “The team, which is made up of a doctor, pharmacist, nurses, occupational therapist and physiotherapist, evolved following the discovery that 70% of acute hospital beds are occupied by older people, 40% of whom suffer from Dementia.

30 days countdown to opening of the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex

With only 30 days to go (Sunday 21 May 2017) to the opening of the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex on 20 June 2017, Western Trust staff gathered outside the main entrance of the Tyrone County Hospital to mark the countdown.

Take part and get involved in Clinical Research

The Western Trust is marking International Clinical Trials Day today (19 May 2017) by raising awareness and understanding among healthcare professionals, patients and the public of the importance of research in everyday care and supporting the Public Health Agency (PHA) campaign that “It’s OK to Ask” about clinical research.

Outstanding Contribution by Social Workers Celebrated

The Western Trust today celebrated the outstanding contributions made by Social Work staff at an awards ceremony held in the Guildhall Derry/Londonderry.

Your Guide to the New Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex

The Western Trust is delighted to launch a public information leaflet on the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex. 

Riverside Practice, Strabane Working to become Dementia Friendly

GPs and GP practice staff have an important role in facilitating timely diagnosis and supporting people with dementia and their families. To enable health centres in the Western Trust area to adopt dementia friendly practice and to help ensure people with dementia have a positive experience of primary care, The Western Trust is helping GP surgeries to become dementia friendly. Riverside Practice in Strabane is the first in this area to participate in the project.

Accepting the ‘keys’ to new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex

The Western Trust is delighted to accept the keys to the new £110 million Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex. McLaughlin & Harvey completed construction and have formally handed the building over to the Western Trust.

Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall Officially Open the North West Cancer Centre.

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall today officially opened the North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital. On arrival they were greeted by Dr Angela Garvey, Lord Lieutenant of County Borough of Londonderry.

Sensory Support Event with Action on Hearing Loss

The Western Trust Sensory Support Team in conjunction with Action on Hearing Loss recently held an event in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh.  Alongside Western Trust staff, a range of organisations were on hand to provide information about the services they provide to people who experience deafness, hearing loss or tinnitus.

Care in the Sun Week 2017

The Western Trust’s 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 8th May 2017.

Western Trust Celebration of Foster Care

Foster carers from the Western Trust area were recognised and celebrated at a glittering event, held at the Bishops Gate Hotel, Londonderry this week. 

Council Celebrates Decade Anniversary of ‘Smoke Free’ Law

Derry City and Strabane District Council are this week celebrating the ten year anniversary of Northern Ireland officially becoming ‘smoke free’.

Foster Carers Urgently needed in Western Trust area

Launching ‘Fostering Fortnight’ from 08 May to 21 May 2017 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. 

Chief Social Work Officer launches online safety App for Health and Social Care Foster Carers

A new Health and Social Care (HSC) app for HSC foster carers, ‘Fostering in a Digital World’, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland was launched this week.

New Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex Transport Plan Approved

The Western Trust wish to announce the transport and parking operational arrangement for the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.

The Western Trust is inviting members of the public to attend free ‘Stress Control’ weekly classes beginning on Tuesday 25 April to Tuesday 30 May 2017 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm in Strabane Enterprise Agency, Orchard Road.

Sensory Support Information Event

The Western Trust Sensory Support Team, Drumcoo Centre, in conjunction with Action on Hearing Loss are holding an information session in the Silverbirch Hotel, on Tuesday 25 April from 2pm.

Local Schools take part in Daily Mile

Over the past few weeks children and their teachers from local schools have joined the growing number of schools across the UK and Ireland who are taking part in The Daily Mile. This simple programme gets children walking, jogging or running for 15 minutes which is on average a mile every day, requires no special equipment or clothing and is cost free.

Stay Well This Easter

The Health and Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency together with the Western Trust, local GPs, Pharmacists and Dentists have been working to ensure that local people have access to urgent care services over the Easter 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.

Appointment of two new professors at the South West Acute and Omagh Hospitals by Ulster University

The Western Trust is delighted with the appointment of two new professors at the South West Acute and Omagh Hospitals by Ulster University. The professorships were awarded by Ulster University in relation to the development of the new Post Graduate Medical School based in Londonderry and the development of the Assistant Physician’s programme. Professorships are awarded following an invitation and application process. Curriculum Vitae are peer reviewed, and awarded based on the applicant’s research, publications, experience and clinical excellence

10 Years of the Western Trust

This week we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Western Trust, providing 10 years of exemplary health and social care services to the population of the West.

The Impact of Neglect on the Health and Development of Children and Young People

The Western Trust held a major conference in the Waterfoot Hotel, to address the impact of neglect on the health and development of children and young people.

Inaugural AHP Awards

Allied Health Professionals (AHP) of the Western Trust were recently recognised for the huge contribution they make to patient care. The inaugural AHP Awards, held at the Waterfoot Hotel, Londonderry, celebrated the high calibre of AHP’s working in hospitals and community facilities across the Western Trust area.

Western Trust Supporting World Tuberculosis Day

The Western Trust is supporting and raising awareness of Tuberculosis (TB) on World Tuberculosis Day (24 March 2017). In doing so the Trust is working to help stop transmission of the disease, by encouraging early diagnosis and treatment.

Generous Donation of Cuddle Cots to South West Acute Hospital

The Trust gratefully acknowledge a kind donation of cooling systems made to the maternity unit of South West Acute Hospital. In the past, after a stillbirth or neonatal death, parents may only have had a few hours to spend with their babies. These cooling systems can be placed into cribs and moses baskets and these ‘cuddle cots’ enable the family to spend more time with their baby and even take their baby home for some time.

Western Trust Celebrates World Social Work Day 2017

The Western Trust held a celebration event at the Sliverbirch Hotel, Omagh, to mark World Social Work Day 2017. In recognition of the many outstanding social workers across the Western Trust, staff were celebrated for their hard work and professional development over the past year.

Learning Disability: 'Speak Easy' Engagement Sessions

Ms Anne McMurray will be facilitating a programme of ‘Speak Easy’ engagement sessions with service users, carers and staff in the Western Trust. The sessions are to agree a shared plan to improve community services and wellbeing for adults with learning disability living in the Western Trust area.

Western Trust Supports World Delirium Day 2017

In support of World Delirium Day 2017 (15 March), Western Trust staff held an information stand at Altnagelvin Hospital to raise awareness of Delirium, the risks associated and means of prevention.

No Smoking Day 2017

No Smoking Day 2017

It has been three years since the Western Trust commenced it’s no smoking policy across all sites and today they continue that promotional message reminding staff and visitors of the importance of giving up smoking for their health and quality of life.

Tyrone County Hospital, the End of an Era

The Western Trust held a celebration dinner dance on Friday 3 February 2017 in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh to mark the End of Era as the Tyrone County Hospital will be moving to the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex later this year.

Organ donation sculpture unveiled in St Columb’s Park

The Western Trust have praised a new sculpture that was recently unveiled in Derry. Members of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Health and Community Committee have agreed to give their full support to the installation of the sculpture at St. Columb’s Park and confirmed their commitment to support a global intercity event in autumn 2017 to help promote organ donation.

Western Trust says “Sock it to Lymphoedema”

As part of Lymphoedema Awareness Week (5-11 March 2017) The Western Trust Physiotherapy Team are wearing odd socks to “Sock it to Lymphoedema” to raise awareness of the condition.

Respiratory Team at South West Acute Hospital Winners of Asthma Project of the Year Award

The Respiratory Team at the South West Acute Hospital have recently been recognised for asthma care, by winning the Asthma Project of the Year Award category at the Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards, held at the Europa Hotel, Belfast. The Respiratory team shared honours with Dr. Keith McCollum, in the form of joint winners. 

Derry Couple Retire After 25 Years of Providing Respite Care.

For over 25 years John and Eileen Devenney, from Derry/Londonderry opened their home to give respite care to local children and adults with learning disabilities. The couple, from the Braehead Road, are now retiring as respite carers from the Western Trust’s Child and Adult Placement services, leave after making many great friends and countless fond memories.

Pharmacy teams in the Western and Northern Trust have been recognised for excellent practice in Older People’s Medicine

A collaborative working partnership between pharmacy teams in the Western Trust and Northern Trust has been recognised recently for excellent practice in older people’s medicine. The teams shared the honours in the Hospital Pharmacy Team Of The Year award category at the Northern Ireland Healthcare Awards, held at the Europa Hotel, Belfast.

Awareness evenings for Diabetes, Asthma and Epilepsy in young people

The Western Trust is hosting free Diabetes, Epilepsy and Asthma awareness evenings to educate those involved with young people outside of school, about these conditions. The awareness evenings will take place on Tuesday 07 March 2017 at 7:30pm in the Aisling Centre, Enniskillen and Wednesday 15 March 2017 at 7.00pm in the Postgraduate Centre, Tyrone County Hospital.

Ireland’s only Life Saving Breast Milk Bank is Facing Exceptional Shortage

Ireland’s only milk bank based in Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh, provides lifesaving breast milk to over 900 babies a year, is facing an exceptional shortage of milk despite heavy donor recruitment.

Telling Tales Art Project

The Western Trust is delighted to have facilitated the ‘Telling Tales Art Project’ funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) and in partnership with the Waterside Theatre.

Take Over Transition Event: Your opportunity to influence your local diabetes service

The Western Trust is holding a diabetes awareness event at the Playhouse, Derry/Londonderry on Friday 03 March 2017 from 4-7pm. This event will facilitate transition care education for young people from ages 14-23 years old with diabetes and call on their help to design local diabetes services.

The Life Giving Role of a Foster Carer

The Western Trust is hosting a series of regional events to raise awareness of and inform the local community about the life giving role they could have, being a foster carer.

Diabetes Patient Paddling4Diabetes

The Western Trust would like to encourage members of the community to get behind Martin Gallagher and Derek Lishman who are doing a 400km paddle from Killaloe in Co.Clare to Smith’s Stand at the Share Centre in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh.

Marking 25 years of Caring – Eddie and Josie Reid Retire

Just spending a short period of time in the company of Josie and Eddie Reid from Greystone Road, Limavady you cannot help but feel their warmth, generosity of spirit and compassion.  For over 25 years and up until November of 2016, Eddie and Josie provided respite care for children and adults with learning disabilities through the Western  Trust Child and Adult Placement services.

Recognising the Needs of Looked After Children

The Western Trust are delighted to be supporting Care Day 2017 (17 February). The day which has been organised regionally by Voice of Young People in Care (VOYPIC), provides an opportunity for the Western Trust to highlight that looked-after children are an integral part of all our communities. The Western Trust has a number of events planned to celebrate Care Day including two health days at Omagh Leisure Centre, Omagh and Foyle Arena, Derry/Londonderry on 15 and 16 February 2017 to inspire looked-after children to reach their full potential.

Reminder: Consultation on Draft Corporate Plan 2017-21

The Western Trust launched a consultation on its draft Corporate Plan 2017-21 on Monday 5 December 2016. The consultation will close at 12 noon on Friday 24 February 2017.

Would you Stand Naked in Front of a School Assembly?

This is the key question that principals and teachers in post primary schools in the Derry Strabane Council area are being asked to bring to their pupils this week. A new initiative to highlight the dangers of sexting among young people is to be launched in the North West this month by a coalition of local agencies. Sexting – the sending or sharing of explicit photos or videos online - has been identified as a major risk for teenagers who are often the victims of cyber bullying or exploitation.

Omagh Health Centre GPs visit new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex

The Western Trust welcomed GPs, Practice Managers and staff members of the Omagh Health Centre onto the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex construction site. During the visit, those in attendance were given the opportunity to view their state-of-the-art GP Practices and waiting areas alongside a variety of departments within the building as the project continues to progress.

Targeting Online Behaviour: Celebrating Safer Internet Day in the West

To promote Safer Internet Day, the Western Trust Esafety Steering Group is hosting an event on Thursday 9th February at the Waterfoot Hotel Derry/Londonderry.

The aim of the event is to explore how technology impacts on children’s emotional health and wellbeing and is hosted in partnership with the Public Health Agency and NSPCC. The event is for anyone who works with children and young people and is concerned about the gap between what they know and what we need to know.

Western Trust raises awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation

The Western Trust are urging parents to be aware of the risk of Child Sexual Exploitation. The call comes as part of the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Week organised by the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland.

Recovery College Launches Spring 2017 Prospectus

The Western Trust this week launched the Recovery College Spring 2017 prospectus offering a range of free educational courses and workshops designed to promote mental health well-being and recovery.

Local lady Lily O’Donnell awarded Diabetes UK Medal

Lily O’Donnell a resident of Brooklands Nursing Home Derry/Londonderry has this week been recognised with a Diabetes UK Medal for managing her diabetes for 70 years.

First International Dementia Conference in Western Trust

The Western Trust has marked its commitment to dementia care by hosting its first ever conference on the condition in the City Hotel, Londonderry today.

Twenty-seven heart attack patients from County Donegal benefit from cross border service in Northern Ireland

A cross border cardiology service at Altnagelvin Hospital has enabled 27 patients (to date) from County Donegal with a diagnosed ST-Elevation Myocardial infarction condition (heart attack) to receive lifesaving  primary Percutaneous Coronary Invention (pPCI Services) treatment.

Western Trust encourages patients using our hospital eye services to share their experience!

The Western Trust is encouraging patients who are currently receiving care and treatment or have used our hospital eye care service in the past two years to share their experience through the 10,000 voices campaign.

Health Minister visits new “Butterfly Lodge” at Altnagelvin Hospital

Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill visited the new ‘Butterfly Lodge’ in the grounds of Altnagelvin Hospital - a unit for supporting children with complex healthcare needs.

Health Minister visits Altnagelvin Hospital Clinical Decision Unit

Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill yesterday visited Altnagelvin Hospital to see at first-hand how the establishment of a Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) is contributing to a better patient experience for those in need of urgent care.The Minister toured the CDU to see some of the alternatives the staff have developed to reduce pressures in the Emergency Department and improve patient flow.

Celebrating Western Trust Nursing and Midwifery Staff

The Western Trust hosted its second annual Nursing and Midwifery Awards ceremony today. The event, held at the Waterfoot Hotel, Derry aimed to recognise and celebrate the high calibre of nursing and midwifery staff working across the West in hospital and community facilities. Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill was in attendance to show her support and appreciation to the Trust’s nursing and midwifery workforce.

Obesity Prevention Campaign - What's in 100?

The Western Trust Health improvement Department have been promoting the Obesity prevention Campaign. The Campaign aims to encourage people to choose to eat healthier food and to become more active.  The theme of the campaign was 'What's in 100' calories.

Cardiology through the Ages Conference held at the South West Acute Hospital

The Western Trust welcomed leading Consultant Cardiologists from across Northern Ireland recently at the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen for an exciting look back at the history of Cardiology in Northern Ireland.

Trust maternity services support Caring for You Charter

The Western Trust’s maternity services have signed the RCM’s Caring for You Charter, which aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of maternity staff.

Emergency Departments across Northern Ireland have been experiencing high levels of pressure for several days. The public can assist by only attending an Emergency Department if their condition is urgent, so helping to ensure that the sickest patients get the care they need.

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