Lockdown restrictions extended until April

The Stormont ministers have agreed to extend the Covid19 lockdown restrictions until April 1. The current lockdown was planned until March 5 but Health Minister Robin Swann previously warned that these restrictions could be extended further. It is expected that a review of the measures will take place on March 18. The strict measures were […]

‘Housing crisis’ in Fermanagh – more houses need built

A LOCAL Councillor has demanded that houses are built in Fermanagh as there is a ‘housing crisis’ and rural communities are going to suffer. The Housing Executive has confirmed it has commenced the 2020/2021 Rural Housing Need Testing programme which will examine the need for social housing in three villages in Fermanagh – Donagh, Newtownbutler […]

Lakeland Forum to be used for Covid vaccine

LAKELAND FORUM will be used to facilitate the delivery of the Covid19 vaccine programme for healthcare workers in the coming weeks. Western Trust officials are preparing for the roll out of phase one of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme from December 14. The vaccine programme will be operated from Omagh Leisure Centre and the Lakeland Forum […]

Tired local healthcare workers making ‘huge effort’ to fight Covid

HEALTHCARE workers who are ‘tired and dealing with a lot’ have been praised for their huge efforts of working through the second wave of the pandemic. Hospitals across the Western Trust have been experiencing high levels of Covid19 admissions and hundreds of staff members are off work due to illness or self isolation. Last Friday, […]

Use of safety gear increases by 2000%

THE use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in local hospitals has increased by over 2,000 per cent but Western Trust state they are in a ‘tremendous position’ with ten days of stock available. Speaking at a recent Western Trust Board meeting Chief Executive Anne Kilgallen said, “Our PPE situation has become more predictable. “For example […]