Maple Healthcare staff open up on surgery ‘challenges’

STAFF at Maple Healthcare in Lisnaskea have spoken about the “challenges” that GP surgeries are continuing to face in response to concerns raised by patients in recent months. While Maple Healthcare patents have continually complained about the difficulty they’ve experienced in reaching a doctor through the new telephone consultation system in place since the outbreak […]

Covid numbers continue to surge in county

WHILE COVID figures are continuing to climb steadily in Fermanagh, the county is faring better than the rest of the North where positive cases have been sky-rocketing. There were 67 positive Covid cases in Fermanagh postcode areas in the seven days leading up to July, 18. Of these, 25 were in the Enniskillen area of […]

Patients form new committee at ‘Maple’

A NUMBER of patients who are registered at Maple Healthcare in Lisnaskea have now formed a new ‘Health Committee’ in order to tackle ongoing concerns that locals have with the practice. A second meeting was held with local councillors and members of the public to discuss what could be done to rectify the situation of […]

Some cancer patients wait two months for treatment

BARELY more than half of Fermanagh patients are beginning their cancer treatment within two months of being given an urgent referral by their GP. Meanwhile, the number of suspected breast cancer patients within the Western trust who were seen within 14 days of a referral has plummeted over the past year, according to the latest […]

Almost half of council sick leave related to stress

ALTHOUGH overall sickness-related absence among staff in the Council during the year of furlough, working from home and the Covid-19 pandemic is the “lowest absence for quite a number of years”, concerns have been raised about the level of staff currently off sick with stress and depression-related conditions.  During a recent meeting of the Policy […]

Vital work of Fermanagh’s unpaid carers recognised

THE STELLAR work carried out by Fermanagh’s unpaid carers, who help reduce demand on the health service, was celebrated with a range of events across the county. Annual Carers’ Week which, this year ran from June, 7-13, recognised the contribution unpaid carers make to society, and highlighted the challenges they face. It was also aimed […]

Cross-border health scheme reinstated

THE CROSS-border health scheme, which has benefited many in Fermanagh but had fallen victim to Brexit, has been reinstated by the Executive in a bid to tackle ever-growing waiting lists. As reported in the Herald earlier this year, the EU directive on cross-border health, which saw many local patients travel south for hip replacements and […]

Maggie glad to get ball rolling with first Covid jab

THE FERMANAGH woman who became the first person in the world to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, Maggie Keenan, appears on a BBC short video talking about her experience.   In the video, 91-year-old Maggie meets with up with the nurse who administered her headline-grabbing jab on December, 8 last year. She stayed in touch with […]