Some cancer patients wait two months for treatment

BARELY more than half of Fermanagh patients are beginning their cancer treatment within two months of being given an urgent referral by their GP. Meanwhile, the number of suspected breast cancer patients within the Western trust who were seen within 14 days of a referral has plummeted over the past year, according to the latest […]

Vital work of Fermanagh’s unpaid carers recognised

THE STELLAR work carried out by Fermanagh’s unpaid carers, who help reduce demand on the health service, was celebrated with a range of events across the county. Annual Carers’ Week which, this year ran from June, 7-13, recognised the contribution unpaid carers make to society, and highlighted the challenges they face. It was also aimed […]

Hospital at home scheme extended across Fermanagh

A PIONEERING health scheme first introduced in Enniskillen care homes for the elderly has been helping local patients avoid a hospital stay by allowing them to receive care in their own home is set to be expanded. This week, the Western Trust revealed its ‘Hospital at Home’ initiative had been delivering “impressive results” and had […]

Trust pinpoints its ‘over-arching demands’ after Covid

PRIORITIES: The Chief Executive of the Western Health and Social Care Trust, Dr Anne Kilgallen, has told a recent media briefing entitled “Rebuild” the three over-arching demands for the Trust following the pandemic. Dr Kilgallen listed equity of treatment, providing access to the most urgent services and reducing the rate of transmission as the Trust’s […]


Missed appointments costing Trust £1.5m

MISSED patient appointments cost the Western Trust £1.5 million last year. In 2019 over 9000 people did not attend their appointments.  The missed appointments have resulted in a significant loss to the budget over the period.  Now, the Trust has asked for greater co-operation in a bid to reduce non-attendance so “valuable resources and staff […]


Hospital paying a heavy price for no-show patients

…each missed appointment at SWAH costs £170   PATIENTS not showing up to their appointments at SWAH are costing the hospital tens of thousands each month.  In fact, the hospital could have employed at least a dozen extra nurses with the money lost on patients not showing up in just a handful of months this […]