Ovens recalls learning of North’s first Covid case

MOST of us have our own distinct recollections of the early days of the pandemic but for one Fermanagh man, who was one of the first to learn the virus had arrived in the North, every moment of the beginning of the outbreak here will live long in his memory. As special advisor (SpAd) to […]

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 […]

Progress on new Lisnaskea health centre must speed up

The design plans for the new £18.5million Lisnaskea Health Centre will be completed by November this year. Health Minister Robin Swann – in response to a question from Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA Aine Murphy – stated that the Western Trust has advised that the design work for the new building that will be on […]

Cross-border health scheme reinstated

THE CROSS-border health scheme, which has benefited many in Fermanagh but had fallen victim to Brexit, has been reinstated by the Executive in a bid to tackle ever-growing waiting lists. As reported in the Herald earlier this year, the EU directive on cross-border health, which saw many local patients travel south for hip replacements and […]

SWAH steps up to help hospitals cope with Covid fallout

NON-COVID patients from across the North are to be sent to the SWAH for surgeries and treatments that cannot currently be performed elsewhere due to the pandemic surge.  Procedures from other hospitals, beginning with those in Belfast, are now being redirected to the Enniskillen hospital in the short term, however it is understood health officials […]

Faces masks to be obligatory from Saturday

REGARDLESS of your opinion on them, from this weekend onwards the public will be required to wear a face covering when going into a shop.  After much debate and speculation, it has been announced that face coverings are to be worn at all times when in all shops across the North from August 1, the […]