SWAH at full capacity as winter pressures hit hard


THE SOUTH West Acute Hospital is currently operating at full capacity, with patients currently having to wait to be admitted, however only a small percentage of its inpatients are being treated for Covid.  At the time of gong to print on Tuesday there were currently 20 Covid patients at SWAH, none of whom were being […]


‘Phenomenal’ demand as flu jab stocks running low


FLU clinics across the county are in full swing with demand for the seasonal flu vaccine this year “exceptionally high” due to the ongoing pandemic. Demand is so great that more vaccines have been distributed in the past few weeks than the entirety of previous flu seasons. Due to the level of demand a “temporary […]


Health staff are urged to get the jab


FERMANAGH’S frontline health workers have been urged to get their flu jab this year, even if they’ve never had one before, after it emerged less than a third of staff at the Western Trust had taken up the vaccine last year.  Flu vaccines are not mandatory for health workers, however with the Covid crisis continuing, […]


NHS ‘will not cope’ with flu outbreak and second wave


AS MANY people as possible in Fermanagh are being urged to get this year’s flu vaccine, with fears the local health service will struggle to cope with the double whammy of a flu outbreak and a second wave of Covid this winter. In fact, the public have been warned evidence suggests that catching both the […]


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Flu fears causes church to suspend ‘peace’ handshake


ONE parish in Fermanagh has taken the decision to suspend the sign of peace at Mass until the end of the flu season, while other parishes are considering the decision.  The tradition has been suspended in the Parish of Aghlurcher as a precautionary measure due to the continuing risk of parishioners getting the flu.  Fr […]


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Rush to get flu jab brings Lisnaskea to a standstill!


THE DESPERATE need for a new health centre in Lisnaskea was highlighted at the weekend when the town came to a standstill simply because patients were flocking to receive their winter flu jab.  On Saturday the PSNI’s traffic and travel division had to urge motorists away from the town, such was the extent of the […]