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Enniskillen has the shortest ambulance waiting times

AMBULANCE waiting times in the North have almost doubled in five years, however, Enniskillen patients who were not immediately life-threatening faced the shortest wait.  The shortest average time for category B patients (serious but not immediately life-threatening) – just over 11 minutes – was in BT74, in Enniskillen in 2018. Similar patients from the Ards […]

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New plans to reopen nursing home to free up SW hospital

DRUMCLAY Nursing Home could be reopened in the near future, with the Western Trust considering taking over the shut-down home, the Herald can reveal.  Currently a third of all patients at SWAH each week are over the age of 85, while over half are over the age of 70. Deputy chief executive of the Western […]


‘New momentum’ in campaign to restore Roslea GP surgery

ROSLEA patients have called for an enquiry into why the village GP surgery was closed almost two years ago.  Speaking following a well-attended and heated Pathfinder meeting, held by the Western Trust in Roslea last week, local activist John McCluskey said the campaign for a new surgery in the area had taken on “a new […]

Western Trust in recruitment drive for support workers

THE Western Trust is holding a recruitment drive for caterers, cleaners and laundry workers.  A number of events have been organised across the Trust and the vacancies are within support services, a very service area that is responsible for catering, cleaning and laundry. Six recruitment days have been arranged to provide an opportunity to those […]

Majority of women smear test recalls in western area

A TOTAL of 61 women from the Western Trust area have been asked to re-take a smear test following a review of a number of tests done between April 2018 and June 2018.  As a result of the review, a total of 86 women have been asked to arrange repeat smear tests with their GP – […]

‘You’re talking s**t’, senior health official tells man

THE Deputy Chief Executive of the Western Trust has been forced to apologise after an outburst by a staff member at a Pathfinder public meeting. On Thursday evening, a poorly attended public meeting was held in Fermanagh House, Enniskillen to discuss the ‘future of health and social care services’ in Fermanagh.  During the meeting, it […]