Old Erne Hospital being demolished after 50 years

The Erne Hospital, Enniskillen

GUTTED.. Work is carried out at the former Erne Hospital in Enniskillen

THE ERNE HOSPITAL a fixture of the Enniskillen landscape for 50 years is now in the process of being demolished, after closing to the general public back in 2012.

Up until 7.59am on June 21 2012, the Erne Hospital provided a range of acute services, including a 24-hour Accident and Emergency Department. The hospital opened back in 1964.


The main hospital building consisted of four floors providing ward based accommodation for medical, surgical, gynaecology, assessment unit, critical/intensive care, main theatres and day case theatres together as well as outpatient services.

Connected accommodation incorporated maternity and neo-natal services, a medical rehabilitation unit including a medical ward, coronary care and care of the elderly with a range of Allied Health Professional services in close by for example, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry.

From 8am on June 21, 2012 these services were transferred to the £276m South West Acute Hospital.

A spokesman for the Western  Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) confirmed demolition work was underway at the site.

“The contract for the demolition of the old Erne Hospital site has been awarded and completion is anticipated by the end of March 2015.

“The old workhouse on the site will be retained.”

The demolition is set to pave the way for the South West College to become the first tenant on site as part of a new public services hub. South West College director Malachy McAleer confirmed the plans were in place for March 2015.


“Then we will be looking at starting work on our side of it. It is great news, it is great for the town, great for the region. It is very exciting,” he added.

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