‘Half an hour extra and I might not have made it…’

AS LOCAL people gear up for tonight’s second public meeting on the future of the stroke unit at SWAH, one stroke survivor has spoken out about the care he received at the hospital after suffering a stroke at a football match. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the meeting in the Killyhevlin Hotel tonight […]


Infusion of homegrown talent as Collegiate trio return

THREE former Enniskillen Collegiate students have returned to their native county take up consultant doctor roles at SWAH. Lynn Cromie, Alison Little and Joanna Johnston all attended Collegiate Grammar School and have as newly appointed consultants at the Enniskillen hospital. At a time where it is increasingly difficult to fill posts in Health and Social […]



Public urged to keep pressure on saving stroke service

AFTER the recent huge meeting in the Killyhevlin on the future of stroke services here the Fermanagh Stroke Support Group is continuing efforts to help people respond to the ongoing consultation.  People are being urged to fill out the questionnaire about the future of SWAH’s stroke unit, and the group has organised several more workshops throughout the […]

Fears valuable health professionals will be lost here

THE loss of the stroke unit at SWAH will also result in the loss of experienced staff in the Western Trust, warned an experienced physiotherapist.  Ciaran Daly, a clinical specialist physiotherapist who has worked in the stroke services for more than 20 years spoke out at the meeting to oppose the closure of SWAH’s stroke […]

New councillor pushes for answers on health initiative

THE future of our local health service has been one of the first issues to come up for discussion at the first meeting of the newly elected Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. Councillor Donal O’Cofaigh called for clarity in regard to council involvement in the Pathfinder initiative set up by the Western Trust to gauge […]

Kevin’s road to recovery from brain injury after fall

A YOUNG man is working to raise awareness of brain injuries after his life was changed instantly following a tragic accident.  Twenty-year-old Kevin Fee from Tempo, was studying in Belfast when he fell down a flight of stairs, and was left with a serious brain injury which resulted in him having to learn how to […]

Advisers’ quit Trust project linked to ‘gagging orders’

TWO of the Fermanagh ‘experts by experience’ who were assisting the Western Trust have stepped down after being asked to sign what have been called “gagging orders”.  As part of the Pathfinder community engagement project, which was set up by the Trust last year with the promise of improving local services, seven members of the […]


Hopes high Roslea surgery could be reopened

HOPE is growing GP services could be finally be returning to Roslea.  It is now over two years since the village’s surgery shut, leaving the area without a doctor for the first time in 170 years. Since 2017 patients have been forced to make the 35 mile round trip to Lisnaskea to see a GP.  […]

Health Services ‘struggling to meet needs’ summit hears

A healthcare contributor has claimed that the North has the ‘most generous system in the world’ despite a consultation finding that the Western Trust’s services are ‘all currently struggling to meet needs.’ Professor Rafael Bengoa, author of ‘Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together’ – the blueprint for health and social care transformation in the North […]

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Nursing home to ease pressure on SWAH capacity

THE Western Trust has confirmed it has now taken out a 12 month lease of Drumclay Nursing Home in Enniskillen, with the home reopening again in the near future.  Deputy chief executive of the Western Trust Kieran Downey has previously told the Herald the takeover of the lease of Drumclay was being considered to ease […]