2019

6th Annual Personal & Public Involvement Engagement Event

The Western Trust’s Equality and Involvement Team held its 6th Annual Celebration/ Engagement Event in the Mellon Country Hotel, Omagh on the 22nd May 2019.

BICSc Training for Foyle Hospice Cleaning Staff

The Western Trust recently delivered training to support staff of the Foyle Hospice.  This opportunity has provided the Hospice with accredited training for their cleaning staff for the first time.

First PPANI Conference

The Western Trust recently hosted the first Western Trust PPANI Conference entitled, Sharing the Learning. The purpose of the conference was to raise awareness of arrangements in place to protect the public from domestic and sexual abuse.

Launch of Family Models eLearning Foundation Programme

The Western Trust were delighted to host the regional launch of Think Family Northern Ireland, E-learning Foundation Programme at the Mellon Country Hotel, Omagh recently organised by the Western Trust’s Training Development and Governance Team.

Harvey’s Gang - Putting the patient in the heart of the laboratory

The Western Trust is delighted to launch the Harvey’s Gang initiative at the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen and Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry/Londonderry.

School Nursing Team promote nursing as a career to primary school pupils

The Western Trust School Nursing Team held a very successful first Interactive Fun Health Check Event for year 3 and 4 pupils at Omagh Integrated Primary School this week as part of Nursing Now Northern Ireland.

Support Brain Injury Awareness Week 2019

The Western Trust are supporting Brain Injury Awareness Week from Monday 20 May to Sunday 26 May 2019. This year the specific issue being highlighted is FATIGUE – or excessive tiredness – one of the most commonly experienced effects of brain injury. Indeed, it is the most commonly cited effect of brain injury reported by clients using community brain injury services.

International Nurses Day 2019

Nursing and midwifery staff across the Western Trust, including staff at Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry; South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen and Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex, along with staff working in the local community celebrated the contribution the professions make to quality patient care on International Nurses Day 12 May 2019.

Celebrating our youngest teachers

A wonderful group of babies and their families from the Tyrone and Fermanagh area were congratulated at a celebration event in the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen for their contribution to teaching the internationally recognised “Roots of Empathy” (ROE) classroom programme to children from local schools.

Celebration event for Western Trust Macmillan Volunteers

Volunteers who support the Western Trust Macmillan Information and Support Service have been named regional winners of the Macmillan Service Team of the Year 2019.

Real stories prompt families to consider organ donation

The inspirational stories of David, Elvis, Marie and Sheila, who saved multiple lives through organ donation after their deaths, are now on display at Altnagelvin Hospital and the South West Acute Hospital. 

Diabetes Specialist Dietitians receive national recognition

Diabetes Specialist Dietitians receive national recognition in the 2019 UK Advancing healthcare awards for Allied Health Professionals

Pathfinder project “Moving from Talk to Action”

Following one of the most comprehensive Community Engagement processes ever undertaken for health and Social Care, the Western Trust Pathfinder process has now commenced the next phase of reform in the region as a period of action gets underway.

Midwifery taster event at Omagh Hospital

Calling local students to come along to a Midwifery taster event at Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex

Our Hearts Our Minds Official Launch

Changing your lifestyle for the better is much easier, more enjoyable and longer lasting when you can do it with the support of your partner/relative. This is one of the simple, yet effective key concepts from a new and innovative preventive cardiology programme launched by the Western Trust.

Living with and Beyond Gynaecological Cancer Event

The Western Trust Macmillan Information and Support Team hosted a very successful information event at the Macmillan Health and Well Being Campus, Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry, for women who recently had or are currently being treated for a gynaecological cancer.

Stress Control sessions in Strabane

The Western Trust is inviting members of the public to attend free ‘Stress Control’ weekly classes in Strabane Enterprise Centre. Classes will run from Thursday 2nd May 2019 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm to Thursday 13th June 2019.

‘Live the life you want with Type 1 Diabetes’ Information Event

The Western Trust Diabetes Team which supports people with diabetes living in the Fermanagh and Omagh areas are holding a ‘Live the life you want with Type 1 Diabetes’ information event. The event is on Wednesday 24th April 2019 in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen. Registration starts at 7.00pm.

‘It’s time for Action’ for Health Care Leaders!

‘It’s time for action’ was the key message of the Fermanagh and West Tyrone Health Summit 09 April 2019 at the Ardhowen Theatre in Enniskillen.  Health and social care leaders from across the province joined with community and public representatives to listen to the findings of one of the biggest engagement events ever in the field of health and social care in Northern Ireland, the Fermanagh and West Tyrone Pathfinder project.

Launch of CAMHS Young Minds Matter support for young people

The Western Trust Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and VOYPIC Voice of Young People in Care (VOYPIC) are delighted to launch 'CAMHS Young Minds Matter' information for young people in the Western Trust area who require support to deal with mental health issues.

Asthma, Diabetes and Epilepsy in young people Awareness Evenings

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.

Department of Health Stroke Consultation

Speaking ahead of the meeting of the Western Trust Board this week, Dr Anne Kilgallen, Western Trust Chief Executive said: “The Department of Health is leading on the Stroke Consultation and all health and  social care trusts have been actively involved in the discussions in preparation. We in the Western Trust are very pleased that both the South West Acute and Altnagelvin Hospitals are part of the options being considered.

Western Trust move to take on the lease at Drumclay Nursing Home in Enniskillen

Following one of the most comprehensive engagement programmes ever undertaken by the Western Trust through Pathfinder, a number of themes have been very clearly highlighted by the public as crucial for ensuring best delivery of Health and Social Care Services in Fermanagh and West Tyrone.

Renal Units relaunch Shared Haemodialysis Care programmes

The Western Trust's Renal Units at Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex and Altnagelvin Hospital, Londerry relaunched their Shared Haemodialysis Care programmes recently.

Local families help raise awareness of Organ Donation as part of World Kidney Day

Three local families from the Western Trust area are helping to raise awareness of Organ Donation as part of World Kidney Day on 14 March 2019 organised by Renal Unit staff at the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex. World Kidney Day is an annual event to raises awareness of the importance of good kidney health to slow down or prevent further damage to your kidneys.

Health service response after tragic events at the Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown

A meeting to coordinate all respective agency plans to support those affected by the major incident at the Greenvale Hotel was hosted by Mid Ulster Council on Tuesday 19 March 2019.

Breastfeeding Peer Support event normalising breastfeeding

The Western Trust Health Improvement, Equality and Involvement Department hosted an update session for all of the Volunteer Peer Support Mums in the Northern Sector of the Western Trust recently.

Western Trust welcomes plans for Bariatric Surgery in South West Acute Hospital

The Western Trust welcomes the Department of Health (DoH) announcement  today in respect of Bariatric Surgery and will be actively contribute to the work of the planning group. The service planning group will be jointly headed by consultant surgeon Mark Taylor and Alastair Campbell, Director of Hospital Services Reform in the Department.

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mPower Project Supports older people to remain in their own homes and communities

Over 80 people attended an engagement event involving the Western Trust, mPower partners, CAWT along with representatives from the community and voluntary sector at the Killyhevlin Hotel in Enniskillen, to get involved in a new cross border EU INTERREG VA funded project called mPower.

Make March Your Month to Quit

The Western Trust's Smoking Cessation Team are encouraging smokers to quit smoking and reap the health and financial benefits on this No Smoking Day (Wednesday 13 March 2019).

Free Training Courses to those who deliver Health Improvement Activities

The Western Trust Health Improvement, Equality and Involvement Department, have published their latest training brochure. This brochure offers free training courses taking place right across the Trust between April 2019 and September 2019.

Sock it to Lymphoedema 2019

As part of Lymphoedema Awareness Week (3-9th March 2019) the Western Trust Lymphoedema Service are encouraging staff members throughout the Trust to wear odd socks to “sock it to Lymphoedema” to raise awareness of the condition.

Brenda McCabe wins ‘Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2019’

Brenda McCabe, a midwife for South West Acute Hospital in Northern Ireland, has been awarded the Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2019. Brenda was nominated by Sarah Griffiths for the incredible support she gave her during her pregnancy, birth and beyond. The prestigious award is one of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards, recognising the incredible work done by exceptional midwives across the country.

Students get a taste of health careers

Staff from the Western Trust met at St Michael’s College, Enniskillen, to share their work experiences with hundreds of students as part of a Careers Convention.

Human Milk Bank needs more donors

The Western Trust Human Milk Bank located at the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen is asking more new mums to donate breast milk as stocks are getting low.

Support Services Recruitment Events

The Western Trust supported by the Department for Communities are inviting members of the public to a number of recruitment events across the Western Trust area.  The vacancies are within Support Services, a very important service area that is responsible for catering, cleaning and laundry.

Revised Carers Handbook Launched

The Western Trust has launched a revised version of its Carers Handbook in conjunction with Carers Northern Ireland. The handbook is a carer’s resource to health and wellbeing and how to access support. 

Dementia in Younger People Engagement Event

The Western Trust held an engagement event at the Mellon Country Hotel, Omagh on Wednesday 19 February 2019 for younger people and their families across the Western Trust area who are experiencing some of the signs and symptoms of Dementia.

Stress Control sessions in Enniskillen and Limavady

The Western Trust is inviting members of the public to attend free ‘Stress Control’ weekly classes in Fermanagh House in Enniskillen and Rose Valley Arts and Cultural Centre in Limavady.

Young Care Leavers Celebrated at Special Guildhall Event

Young people who have been in care most of their lives were celebrated on Friday 15 February 2019 at a very special event, held at the Guildhall, Londonderry.

Will you register as an organ donor for Valentine's Day?

The shape of a heart has long been the symbol for Valentine's Day. This Valentine’s Day the Western Trust is promoting organ donation and asking the public to consider registering for an organ donor card as well as buying a Valentine’s Day card..

Sexual Health Week - No Grey Zone Campaign

The Western Trust Health Improvement Equality and Involvement Department are working with the Regional Sexual Health Network to support Northern Ireland’s Sexual Health Week from Monday 11 February to Friday 15 February 2019.

Recovery College Launches Spring 2019 Prospectus

The Western Trust Recovery College has this week launched their Spring prospectus with details of their range of free educational courses and workshops which are all designed to promote mental health well-being and recovery.

First Phase of North Wing Facility Now Complete

The Western Trust is delighted to confirmed that the first phase of the new North Wing building at Altnagelvin Hospital is now complete. Phase 1 delivers three new inpatient wards which will be used to relocate services from the Tower Block and Care of the Elderly building.

Macmillan Award for Local Information and Support Manager

Martha Magee, Macmillan Information and Support Manager for the Western Trust has recently been awarded the Macmillan Volunteering Quality Standards (MVQS) Certificate, the charity’s quality standard for good practice in volunteer management.

Celebrating Young Carers

An event was held in the Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry on Thursday 31st January to recognise the incredible contribution of Young Carers across the Western Trust area.

Brenda wins NI’s ‘Emma’s Diary’ Midwife of the Year 2019

Nominated by local mum Sarah Griffiths from Rosslea, Co Fermanagh, Brenda McCabe, Community Midwife Team Lead for Southern Sector has been honoured as Emma’s Diary Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2019 for the Northern Ireland region.

Upcoming Stress Control sessions in Omagh

The Western Trust is inviting members of the public to attend free ‘Stress Control’ weekly classes in Omagh Enterprise Centre.

Rathview Mews Recovery and Rehabilitation Unit opens

Service users in the Western Trust can now avail of first class recovery and rehabilitation services following the opening of Rathview Mews on the Drumnakilly Road, Omagh.

Launch of “Together as One” Parents Forum

The Western Trust has launched the ‘Together as One’ Parents Forum, consisting of 11 parents, social workers and senior managers from Safeguarding Family Support and Looked After Services within the Western Trust.

Stress Control sessions in Foyle Arena

The Western Trust is inviting members of the public to attend free ‘Stress Control’ weekly classes in Foyle Arena, Derry/Londonderry. Classes will run from Thursday 10th January 2019 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm to Thursday 14th February 2019.

Choose To Live Better - Obesity Prevention

The Western Trust Health Improvement, Equality and Involvement Department are working in partnership with the Public Health Agency to promote the Choose to Live Better Obesity Prevention Campaign 2019.

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