Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits South West Acute Hospital

13/11/2017

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, Enniskillen on Sunday 12 November 2017.

The visit began with a tour of the state-of-the art hospital where the Taoiseach spent time meeting a range of staff from a number of hospital departments.  This included a short private meeting with staff who were on duty at the Erne Hospital on the day of the Remembrance Day Bombing in Enniskillen. The visit also involved a visit to the Stroke and Cardiology Unit/s and the Emergency Department. 

The Taoiseach was welcomed to the South West Acute Hospital by Western Trust Director of Acute Services, Geraldine McKay and Professor Ronan O’Hare; Assistant Director of Acute Services.

Commenting on the visit by Mr Varadkar, Geraldine McKay said: “I would like to thank the Taoiseach for taking the time to come and see our hospital and for visiting some of its departments and wards.

“We have been working together with colleagues in Co-operation and Working Together  (CAWT), Saolta University Health Care Group and the HSE on a number of cross border initiatives, including the North West Cancer Centre and the Primary PCI services in Altnagelvin. In that context, the visit by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to meet hospital staff who were involved in the response to the Enniskillen bomb, also represents an opportunity to showcase the services offered at the South West Acute Hospital and the potential to further develop our cross border partnership to serve local communities here on both sides of the border.

"We know that working with our cross border partners is key to the future delivery of high quality care for the people we serve and there is no doubt that all of our enthusiastic and committed staff appreciated the opportunity to demonstrate their work and talk to the Taoiseach directly about the ongoing work within the hospital.”