Trust boss to retire this summer

THE HEAD of the Western Trust, Dr Anne Kilgallen, is to retire this summer.  Dr Kilgallen, who took up the post as chief executive of the Trust in 2017, recently turned 60. Last week she announced her plans to retire from her post this June.  “It was an extremely difficult decision for me to make. […]

Concern over access to mental health help

THE WESTERN Trust has said mental health services have been open and available to everyone who needs them throughout the pandemic, although some have questioned this claim. In a letter to the local Council, responding to concerns previously raised about local mental health provision in recent months, Trust chief executive Dr Anne Kilgallen said the […]

Positives may yet come out of the pandemic

THERE is no doubt Fermanagh’s the Covid crisis has been a tragedy, with local lives lost and the county’s economy left in tatters. However, believe it our not, the pandemic may actually lead to some positive and much needed changes in the county. In fact, with the transformation across the whole of society in recent […]


Fears over massive disruption as nurses’ to strike

PHARMACY staff at SWAH kicked off the first leg of industrial action this week, with further strike action by union members to take place over the coming weeks.  Chief Executive of the Western Trust, Dr Anne Kilgallen said, “The treatment and care of our patients and service users will remain our top priority. “We wish […]

£27m bill for hospital locums doubled in just two years

AMID growing fears over the future of services at South West Acute Hospital, it has been revealed that the Western Trust is spending £27 million per year on locum staff, amounting to over £2 million per month.  The Western Trust is relying on the use of temporary doctors, health professionals, nurses and admin staff costing […]