Rural doctors ‘will not benefit from £27m extra health

GP SERVICES are set to benefit from a £26.76 million investment but there are doubts over whether Fermanagh will benefit from the funding. Recently, the Department of Health announced the investment of £26.76 million which has been earmarked for investment in GP premises, elective care services and investment in advanced nurse practitioners.  At a time […]


SWAH may lose day surgeries to specialist centres

PLANS are currently in motion that could see a swathe of different day surgeries taken out of SWAH, resulting in local patients having to travel to specialist centres instead.  Already many Fermanagh patients have had their cataract surgeries moved to Magherafelt as part of the Department of Health’s Elective Care Plan.  Similarly, all varicose vein […]


Fermanagh patient’s disgust as waiting list grows

A LOCAL patient who has been waiting years for treatment has hit out at both the health service and our politicians for failing the people of Fermanagh.  David Mace, who lives outside Enniskillen is in the middle of two eye surgeries. He had been told he would have to wait six weeks between the cataract […]


Last push for public to have say before stroke deadline

FERMANAGH Stroke Support Group are out and about around the county ahead of the final stroke consultation deadline.   After years of passionate local campaigning to keep the ward five open, this is the last chance for Fermanagh people to submit their views to have their say in the fight to keep the stroke unit.  Earlier […]

Deadline for consultations on stroke unit extended

THE consultation which could close the stroke unit at South West Acute Hospital has been extended for the third time. The deadline for the consultation on ‘reshaping stroke care’ has now been moved from August 2nd until August 30th. The consultation, which is being carried out by the Department of Health includes six options on […]


‘Half an hour extra and I might not have made it…’

AS LOCAL people gear up for tonight’s second public meeting on the future of the stroke unit at SWAH, one stroke survivor has spoken out about the care he received at the hospital after suffering a stroke at a football match. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the meeting in the Killyhevlin Hotel tonight […]

Lisnaskea health centre tipped for former school site

THE old Lisnaskea High School is one step closer to becoming the site of the town’s much needed new health centre.  A new centre is desperately needed in Lisnaskea, where Maple Healthcare is currently catering for thousands of extra patients due to the closure of nearby surgeries. The old High School site has been approved […]


Stark warning on our health services

Services at South West Acute Hospital are under severe threat following the Department of Health’s stark warning that health services will be centralised. A telling statement released on the back of spiralling waiting list figures and in the middle of a consultation which could lead to the closure of the stroke unit at SWAH warns […]

Air Ambulance

Air Ambulance is linked to future of SWAH stroke unit

THE COUNCIL is calling on government to cover the costs of the Air Ambulance service. Currently, the Ambulance Service and Department of Health supply and fund all the paramedics and doctors working on the Air Ambulance. However the Air Ambulance NI charity, which is reliant on public fundraising donations, funds the aviation aspect of the […]


Public urged to fight for the SWAH stroke unit

PEOPLE have been urged to come out in force once again to defend SWAH’s stroke unit. The Department of Health has announced a public meeting on proposals to ‘reshape’ stroke services across the North which will be held at the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen on June 19 at 7pm.  The consultation includes six options with four […]