Exclusive: Tyrone Hospital to close…

At least that is what we think the Western Trust means when it says it has now:

…reached the position where it will no longer be able to care for acutely ill medical patients in the Tyrone County Hospital, Omagh beyond the beginning of March 2009. Acutely ill patients from the Omagh community will be cared for in the Erne and Altnagelvin hospitals.

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  • delta omega

    Like we didn’t see that coming!

  • William

    I recall the Indian born Doctor [whose name I forget]from the Omagh Hospital, who was quite prominent at the time of the bomb and has now retired, saying that the problem with small local hospitals was the difficulty in getting staff.

    He went on to say that Consultants / Surgeons and other senior medical staff would no longer work the way he had done for so many years, on call 365 days 24 hours per day. Also that many of these positions were now held by women who also had a family life and due to this, would only work in the larger hospitals, where the workload was shared.

    Whilst it is sad to see the demise of the local hospital, we will all have to realise that Altnagelvin and the Erne Hospitals aren’t a hundred miles from Omagh; they’re just down the road.

  • niall

    William,

    Rationaliation of local health service is apparently necessary and inevitable but the problem for West Tyrone people today is the question of “why us?”

    Of course we did elect the Pat Doherty, a man with no obvious connection to the place apart from his appearance on the ballot papers. Thanks for fighting our corner pat!

    This town once had healthcare provision as a cornerstone of the local economy and the skillset of our community. The healthcare provision in Derry or Enniskillen will be as good of course but there will be a readjustment to traveling.

    Does Omagh remains a town with a bigger population and industrial base than Enniskillen?

    Does Omagh sit on the proposed free state sponsored Dublin-Letterkenny route?

    Does Omagh have a bigger Education industry which would provide natural tie ins to Healthcare?

    In truth we have been begrudgingly resigned to this loss for some time and people here are not totally blind to the rationalisation needed.

    We got the representation we deserved both good from some local representatives but they ended up looking themselves alone.

  • Glencoppagagh

    ‘He went on to say that Consultants / Surgeons and other senior medical staff would no longer work the way he had done for so many years, on call 365 days 24 hours per day’

    Of course not, they’ve realised that they’re all civil servants now and conduct themselves accordingly.