General surgery move will only be ‘a sticking plaster’

WHILE local community campaign group Save Our Acute Services has cautiously welcomed comments from the Department of Health that elective surgeons could intervene in emergency situations at the SWAH in future, it has warned this will only be “a sticking plaster” to the current crisis. Cllr Donal O’Cofaigh from SOAS said Western Trust chief executive […]

Glimmer of hope in surgery campaign

THERE is a small glimmer of hope that the local community campaign to save emergency general surgery at the South West Acute Hospital is having an impact, on the back of new comments from the Department of Health to the Herald. Essentially, the Department has now confirmed to the ‘Herald that when the planned Elective […]

Research shows local impact of SWAH cuts

THE Save Our Acute Surgery (SOAS) group has launched the first in a series of research papers outlining the impact the suspension of emergency general surgery at the SWAH will have on the local population. This research highlights in stark detail the extra journey times patients requiring emergency surgery from the county now face. It also […]