Smokers urged to ‘make 2023 your year to quit’

FERMANAGH’S smokers wishing to trash the ash for the new year can do so with the return of anti-smoking clinics. The Western Trust’s Smoking Cessation Service (SCS) are getting the clinics back on the road to help people stub out their final cigarette. Under the slogan of “Make 2023 Your Year To Quit”, the specialist […]

Review is hampering efforts to save SWAH surgery

DESPITE previously denying they played a direct role in the collapse of SWAH emergency general surgery, the Western Trust has now confirmed the Department’s of Health’s new surgery standards are making it extremely difficult to save and sustain the life-saving service in Enniskillen. As reported by the Herald back in November, the Review of General […]

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 […]

GP hits out at system stopping doctors coming home

WITH local GP services at breaking point, a local doctor has hit out at the systemic restrictions putting GPs off coming home to practise. In recent years the situation with GP cover in rural parts of the county has become increasingly precarious, with doctors retiring and resigning but no doctors available to replace them. However, there […]