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2018 News stories listed below

Renal Unit Home Therapies Team Wins Prestigious Award

Congratulations to the Western Trust's Renal Unit Home Therapies Team at Altnagelvin Hospital who won the Patients’ Choice Award at the 2018 RCNi Nursing Awards, held in London this week.

Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS

As we celebrate 70 years of the NHS on 5 July 2018, Chief Executive of the Western Trust Dr Anne Kilgallen has extended her thanks to each and every member of its 12,000 staff for the vital role they play, ensuring that our patients and clients are supported through their health and social care journey.

New programme launched to reform NI’s children’s social work services

The Western Trust welcomes investment in the  Department of Health’s Signs of Safety training programme aimed at reforming Northern Ireland’s Children’s Social Work Services.

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).

Daily Mile Success in Local Schools

The Western Trust Health Improvement, Equality & Involvement Department (HIEI) are rolling out ‘The Daily Mile’ initiative in partnership with the Education Authority across the Western Trust Area.

Take 5 Comes Alive in the Park

The Neighbourhood Health Improvement Project (NHIP) is delighted to bring its ‘Take 5 steps to wellbeing’ campaign ‘alive’ with the plantation of five apple trees, across six park sites in the North West. Each tree symbolises one of the five steps or actions recommended for the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing. The five steps are; Connect, Keep Learning, Be Active, Take Notice and Give.

Significant EU investment in community-based health and well-being hubs welcomed

A four year, €5.01 million EU INTERREG VA funded cross-border project has been launched in Co. Antrim. The CAWT Community Health Sync (CoH-Sync) Project secured the EU funding for the development of a network of Locality Health and Well-being Hubs in the border region of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and SW Scotland. These community-based and locally run Hubs will support individuals and groups to become more active in improving their own health and wellbeing by making better use of existing resources and facilities in their local areas.

Renewed Emphasis on Smokefree Policy

The Western Trust has today 25 June 2018 launched its revised Smokefree Policy.  As a leading Health and Social Care organisation, the Trust is encouraging a healthier lifestyle for the public, our patients and staff and smoking on Trust grounds is not part of this.

Commitment of Western Trust Staff Celebrated

Western Trust staff were recognised this week at the Trust’s special recognition awards ceremony. The ceremony, held in Londonderry, celebrated the huge contribution staff make to the delivery of health and care services in the Western Trust area.

Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex celebrates first birthday!

Northern Ireland’s newest hospital, the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex has celebrated its first birthday.  Members of the public, patients, relatives, carers, staff and volunteers joined together to celebrate the first birthday in style.

Five Ways to Wellbeing Celebration Event held at the Ulster American Folk Park

The Western Trust in partnership with Ulster Museums NI recently held a celebration event to mark the completion of the Five Ways to Wellbeing programme at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh.

Local bereaved parents and families invited to ‘Walk a Mile in my Shoes’ remembrance event

The Western Trust in partnership with Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) are inviting local bereaved parents and families to join them for a free event ‘Walk a mile in my shoes’. The event aims is to give families the opportunity to get together to chat, develop friendships and ultimately able local parents to support each other during the days, weeks and years ahead after a baby loss.

Virtual Cycle raises awareness of Organ Donation

Well done to everyone who took part today (19 June 2018) in a ‘virtual cycle’ (Spinathlon) in Altnagelvin Hospital and Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex to help raise awareness of organ donation and to promote the Western Trust’s involvement in the British Transplant Games this year.

Diabetes UK Clinical Champions 2018

The Western Trust is delighted to hear that two of our staff have been appointed as Diabetes UK Clinical Champions 2018 and will be completing the champions programme over the next two years.

Supporting World Continence Week 2018

The Western Trust is supporting World Continence Week 18th to 24th June 2018, to raise awareness of bladder and bowel problems.  

Celebrating Informal Carers

During Carers Week 2018 from the 11 June to 17 June 2018 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.

34th Annual Cardiology Conference, South West Acute Hospital

The 34th Annual Western Trust Cardiology Update in conjunction with the Irish Cardiac Society and Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS), took place in the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen recently.

His Royal Highness Prince Of Wales Officially Opens Omagh Hospital And Primary Care Complex

HRH Prince of Wales has officially opened the Western Trust Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex today, Wednesday 13 June 2018. On arrival HRH Prince of Wales was greeted by Lord Lieutenant of County Tyrone, Mr Robert Scott.

Staff Honoured in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Chief Executive of the Western Trust Dr Anne Kilgallen extended her warmest congratulations to Bernadette Michaelides Western Trust Head of Intermediate Care/Lead Nurse Adult Community Nursing, Judith Houlahan, Head of Secondary Care/Lead Nurse and Margaret Marley, Volunteer on their much deserved recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Men's Health Week 2018

Monday 11 June marks the start of International Men’s Health Week. During this time, the WesternTrust is urging everyone to focus upon medical conditions and the general health and wellbeing of local men and boys.

Specialist Health Visitors Promoting Positive Infant Mental Health

The Western Trust is committed to ensuring every baby and young child has the best start in life. During Infant Mental Health week (10 - 16 June 2018), a new service provided by the two newly appointment specialist health visitors in Infant Mental Health will be introduced.

Renal roadshow will show benefits of home dialysis

The Western Trust is hosting two renal roadshows to demonstrate how home dialysis can help improve a patient’s quality of life.

Macmillan Palliative Care Facilitator Shortlisted for National Nursing Award

A Macmillan Palliative Care Facilitator in the Western Trust has successfully been shortlisted at the national RCNi awards. Maria Magee, who works within the Specialist Palliative Care team, is a finalist in the ‘Commitment to Carer’s Award’ as a result of her work with dementia patients and their carers through the introduction of the Namaste Care Programme (NCP) to Northern Ireland.

Altnagelvin Nurse Wins Northern Ireland Neonatal Nurse of the Year

The Western Trust is celebrating the work of Neonatal Nurse Maureen Gill, having been awarded ‘Northern Ireland Neonatal Nurse of the Year 2018’ for her dedicated work and support to the babies and parents in her care.  

International Clinical Trials Day 2018

The Research and Development Office is marking International Clinical Trials Day on 20th May 2018 to raise the awareness of the importance of research among healthcare professionals, patients and the public in support of the Public Health Agency (PHA) campaign ‘I am Research’.

Working to become Dementia Friendly

Dementia Action week takes place 21st to 27th May 2018 and the Western Trust are using this week to highlight the work going on in our general hospitals to make them dementia friendly.

Take Care in the Sun

The Western Trust's Health Improvement, Equality and Involvement 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 14th May 2018.

Save Lives Clean Your Hands

The Western Trust Infection Prevention and Control Team are supporting the Global Annual Hygiene Day (8 May 2018) to remind staff, patients and visitors of the importance of good hand hygiene across all healthcare facilities in the Western Trust area.  The focus of this year’s campaign is the promotion of hand hygiene in preventing Sepsis in health care.

Foster Carers recognised at Foster Carer of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Western Trust Foster Carers, Helene and Andrew Goodwin from Omagh, who have been named Foster Carers of Distinction at the recent Northern Ireland’s Foster Carer of the Year Awards 2018.

Lilliput Theatre Company and the Playhouse -  STELLA Project

The Western Trust Adult Learning Disability Services are delighted to support a  small group of service users from Lilliput Theatre Company and the Playhouse who have recently returned from their latest international trip as part of the STELLA-project.

Every week in the Western Trust two children are taken in to care

Every week in the Western Trust two children are taken in to care – could you open your heart to give a child a loving home? Launching Foster Care Fortnight (14 – 28 May 2018) Kieran Downey, Director of Women and Children’s Services at the Western Trust has emphasised the very urgent need for more foster carers.

Putting Brain Injury in the Spotlight

Brain injuries are increasing each year across Northern Ireland, with the Western Trust Community Brain Injury Service seeing a 77% increase in referrals in the past five years. The mechanism of injury can happen in seconds but the effects can last a lifetime. In response to this, the Western Trust is working in partnership with Headway and the Cedar Foundation to support ‘Brain Injury Awareness Week’ (14 - 20 May 2018) by inviting the public to join them on a walk to highlight the issue.

Renal Unit Home Therapies Team Shortlisted in RCNi Nurse Awards

The Western Trust Renal Unit Home Therapies Team at Altnagelvin Hospital have been successfully selected as finalists in the RCNi Nurse Awards. The team, who are the only entrants from Northern Ireland, have been shortlisted for the Patients’ Choice Award. This is a category where the entrants are nominated by patients and the winner is decided by public vote.

Celebrating ‘Engagement’ Work in the Western Trust

The Western Trust’s Equality and Involvement Team held its 5th Annual Engage Event recently in the Mellon Country Hotel, Omagh.

MY LACES Winner at the Regional Social Work Awards

Congratulations to all those involved in the MY LACES (Mentoring Young Looked after Children with Educational Support) project having won the ‘Learning and Development’ category at the Regional Social Work Awards held recently.

Supporting Public Health Agency HPV Vaccine Campaign

The Western Trust is supporting the Public Health Agency (PHA) HPV Campaign by urging parents of girls who are eligible to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to make sure that they get it to reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer later in life.

Breast Screening Mobile Unit at Lakeland Forum Enniskillen

The National Health Service Mobile Breast Screening unit has returned to the Lakeland Forum in Enniskillen. The unit will remain at this location until the end of June 2018.

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 Tuesday 10 April from 6:30pm – 8:00pm to Tuesday 15th May 2018.

Official Opening of the Macmillan Support Centre at Atlnagelvin

Actor, writer and director, Adrian Dunbar has most recently been on our screens as Superintendent Ted Hastings in the BBC drama, Line of Duty.  A native of Enniskillen, he was delighted to attend the Official Opening of the Health and Wellbeing Campus at Altnagelvin Hospital  as guest speaker.  The Health and Wellbeing Campus is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, developed in partnership by Macmillan Cancer Support and the Western Health and Social Care Trust  (Western Trust).

Celebrating World Social Work Day 2018

The Western Trust held a celebration event at the Sliverbirch Hotel, Omagh, to mark World Social Work Day 2018 (20 March).

Supporting Daily Mile Challenge in Schools

Western Trust Chief Executive Dr Anne Kilgallen was delighted to join pupils from Model Primary School, Enniskillen and Gaelscoil Eadain Mhoir recently on their Daily Mile Challenge to encourage physical activity every day!

Supporting World Delirium Awareness Day

The Western Trust is supporting World Delirium Awareness Day (14 March 2018) by raising awareness of the disease, its symptoms and the support available to patients and their families across the Western Trust area.

Smoking Cessation Team Urges You to become a ‘Quitter’ on No Smoking Day 2018

The Western Trust Smoking Cessation Team are encouraging smokers to quit smoking and reap the health and financial benefits on this No Smoking Day (Wednesday 14 March 2018).

Sock it to Lymphoedema

As part of Lymphoedema Awareness Week (4 - 10 March 2018) the Western Trust Lymphoedema Service have encouraged staff members throughout the Trust to wear odd socks to “sock it to Lymphoedema” to raise awareness of the condition. Patients have also got involved with their own groups and raised awareness about their condition in local schools and parent and toddler groups.

Cross border recovery college networks to be set-up

A €7.6 million EU INTERREG VA funded cross-border project has been launched in response to the increase in numbers of people with mental health problems. Over the next four years, the large-scale, cross border Innovation Recovery project offers an unprecedented opportunity to empower and enable people and communities to take greater control over their own mental and emotional wellbeing.

Tackling Adversity in Childhood

Professionals and Practitioners from across the Western Trust area were brought together with leading experts to generate awareness, and discuss the long term harm that can result from chronic stress during childhood.

Alex brings smiles to Children at Omagh Hospital

Seven year old Alex Hamilton, a pupil at Omagh County Primary School is helping to bring smiles to children who receive treatment in the Children’s Centre at Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex by raising money to provide gifts for a surprise box.

Trust Chief Executive visits Neighbourhood Health Improvement Project

The Neighbourhood Health Improvement Project (NHIP) was pleased to welcome Dr Anne Kilgallen, Chief Executive of the Western Trust; on a recent visit to the project.

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. The awareness evenings will take place on Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 7:00pm in the Education Centre, South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen and on Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 7.00pm in the Education Centre, Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.

Learning Disability Services Events to advance Involvement & Communications

Adult Learning Disability Services within the Western Trust, together with partners in the Advisory Group, have been working to develop and improve the Communications processes and Involvement with service users and carers.

Young Care Leavers Celebrated at Special Guildhall Event

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

Love Your Sexual Health

The Western Trust is raising awareness of sexual health issues during Sexual Health Awareness Week (12 – 16 February 2018) by launching a new campaign ‘Love Your Sexual Health’. This new campaign, in partnership with the Public Health Agency, aims to raise awareness about sexual health services in the Trust and the concept of ‘consent’.

Celebrating staff who have achieved vocational qualifications

The Western Trust Vocational Training Team held their Annual Awards Ceremony recently to celebrate the achievements of over one hundred and twenty staff who completed a vocational qualifications during 2017.

Fostering - The Joy of Watching a Child Grow and Develop

The Western Trust’s Fostering and Recruitment Team are inviting you to attend one of our Fostering Information Events taking place across the Western Trust area this month.

Midwives Celebrate Centenary of the Midwives Act in Ireland

The Western Trust are delighted to support the Centenary Celebration event hosted by the Chairman of Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, Councillor Stephen McCann, today (6 February 2018) at the Townhall, Enniskillen in honour of Northern Ireland’s Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to celebrate the 100th year of the Midwives Act in Ireland.

Breast Screening Unit at Dunnes Stores, Coleraine

The National Health Service Breast Screening Programme is due to provide screening for women in the Coleraine and Causeway area in 2018. This year the mobile screening unit will again be located at Dunnes Stores, 5 Bannside Wharf in the town.

Student Midwives bring their skills to Malawi

The Western Trust delighted to support Student Midwives as they bring their skills to the Ekeendeni Missionary Hospital in Malawi.

External Works at Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex

The Western Trust wish to advise that road works at Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex will commence on Monday, 5th February 2018. 

Statement on report into Hyponatraemia-related deaths

Belfast Trust, Southern Trust, and Western Trust welcome publication of ‘Report into Hyponatraemia-related deaths in Children in Northern Ireland’

Recovery College Launches Spring 2018 Prospectus

The Western Trust has this week launched their Recovery College Spring 2018 prospectus offering a range of free educational courses and workshops designed to promote mental health well-being and recovery.

'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. Classes will run from Monday 12 February from 6:30pm – 8:00pm to Monday 12 March and finish on Monday 26th March.

Give a child a forever home!

The Western Trust is calling for adoptive parents to provide a forever home for children in the Western Trust area.

Introducing the Hospice Friendly Hospitals End of Life Symbol

The Western Trust is delighted to roll out the Hospice Friendly Hospitals End of Life Symbol.

Getting Ready for Baby programme fantastic success

The Western Trust is delighted with the fantastic success of the Getting Ready for Baby programme.  The programme which combines antenatal care and parenting education is a new pioneering way of delivering maternity care to first time parents.

Corporate Parenting Report

Kieran Downey, Western Trust Director of Women and Children’s Services provided a mid year report on the Trust’s Delegated Statutory Functions (1 April 2017 to 30 September 2017) at the January 2018 Trust Board meeting and the Corporate Parenting Report forms part of this. The report provides an update on the Trust’s statutory functions, identifying new trends, emerging issues and actions that are required to address these.

Specialist Foster Care – A Worthy New Year’s Resolution

The Western Trust Specialist Fostering and Recruitment Team is appealing for people to consider making a lasting New Year’s Resolution this year – to open up their home and heart to a child in need.

Flo and Gabrielle recognised in New Year Honours List

Chairman of the Western Trust Niall Birthistle extended his warmest congratulations to Sr Florence Harper and Gabrielle Deans on their much deserved recognition in the Queen's New Year Honours List.  


Local mums become breastfeeding peer support volunteers

The Western Trust is delighted to welcome local mums as new recruits to the breastfeeding support network.  15 mothers successfully completed the Open College Network (OCN) Level 2 accredited training.


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