Fears SWAH may be downgraded

THERE are fears the South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) could be downgraded to a “glorified clinic” after the Western Trust warned the hospital’s ever-shrinking acute surgery workforce was approaching unsafe levels. It had been expected that the acute surgery service, also known as emergency surgery, would be withdrawn this week, which would result in Fermanagh […]

SWAH surgery future in the balance

GENERAL surgery will continue at the South West Acute Hospital (SWAH) but the Western Trust have warned that consultant surgeons need to be recruited in order to safeguard the long-term future of the service. Speculation has mounted in recent weeks that the SWAH would lose all emergency surgery facilities with the nightmare scenario of patients […]

Covid forces postponement of red flag cancer surgeries

The Western Trust has apologised for postponing all its red flag cancer surgery and treatments, as a result of the latest surge in the number of critically ill Covid patients. Geraldine McKay, director of acute services for the Western Trust said: “The Western Trust has taken the very difficult but necessary decision to postpone all […]

Public urged to stay at home as Trust issues warning

THE WESTERN Trust is pleading with everyone in the community to stay at home and do all they can to stem the spread of the virus, with SWAH launching its “extreme surge planning” as it struggles to cope with the growing number of Covid patients. Trust management has warned the number of Covid positive patients […]