Up to five years’ wait for knee and hip operations

  FERMANAGH patients needing new hips and knees are having to wait up to five years for an outpatients appointment, and at times over four years to be admitted as an impatient.  In the Western Trust’s latest report into orthopaedic services, the area of health concerned with bones and joints, it was revealed the longest […]



THERE are fresh fears for the future of services at SWAH after it was revealed the Western Trust has to find £20 million in savings by early next year. Once again the people of Fermanagh are gearing up for a battle against health cuts after it emerged the Western Trust has been told it urgently […]


SWAH may lose day surgeries to specialist centres

PLANS are currently in motion that could see a swathe of different day surgeries taken out of SWAH, resulting in local patients having to travel to specialist centres instead.  Already many Fermanagh patients have had their cataract surgeries moved to Magherafelt as part of the Department of Health’s Elective Care Plan.  Similarly, all varicose vein […]


Trust insists no threat to SWAH maternity service

IN RESPONSE to a story in last week’s Herald on plans for public consultations on maternity services at SWAH, the Western Trust have insisted there is no current threat to the maternity unit in Enniskillen.  “There are no threats to maternity services at South West Acute Hospital,” a spokeswoman said. Concerns were raised for the […]


Fermanagh patient’s disgust as waiting list grows

A LOCAL patient who has been waiting years for treatment has hit out at both the health service and our politicians for failing the people of Fermanagh.  David Mace, who lives outside Enniskillen is in the middle of two eye surgeries. He had been told he would have to wait six weeks between the cataract […]


Time running out for stroke consultation

THERE are just two days left for the people of Fermanagh to oppose the closure of the Stroke Unit at South West Acute Hospital. Since 2016, fears have been growing about the future of the stroke unit at SWAH and this is the last chance for people to submit their views to have their say […]