Pharmacy boss warns over shortage of medicines

“I AM over 30 years in this job, and I have never witnessed anything like this before.” These are the worried words of Liam Bradley –a local pharmacist who owns 13 community chemists in Fermanagh and Tyrone. As ‘the worst flu outbreak in 20 years’ continues to spread, sick people are increasingly finding themselves being shooed away […]

People with flu and Covid symptoms should stay at home

HEALTH officials have urged the public to stay at home if they develop Covid-19 or flu-like symptoms over the Christmas period. Fermanagh people have been warned to be extremely cautious while out and about shopping, commuting, and socialising this Christmas after a huge spike in Covid and flu cases this month. Mask-wearing on public transport, in shops, […]

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 […]


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 […]