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This is the bi-monthly E-Brief for the Western Trust's Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex project.
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As we approach the end of another year and get ready to welcome in 2017, it is an opportune time to reflect on the progress made to date, and look forward to see what lies ahead in the coming months for our new Hospital and Primary Care Complex in Omagh.
 
The past twelve months have seen rapid progress on the ground and anyone passing the site of the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex will be impressed with the scale and layout of the new facilities. Construction has now reached a stage that familiarisation visits for staff have already commenced and it is pleasing to hear the many positive comments. It is important at this point to recognise the huge effort made by so many people to get the project to the stage we are at today.
 
Turning to the New Year, there is a growing sense of realisation and excitement as the opening of our new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex draws near. However there is much to do before our anticipated opening and everyone involved will be busy in the coming months as we all work together closing out those final commissioning tasks and implementing our move plans. The goal is now in sight and one final push will see the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex open in 2017 delivering primary, secondary and community healthcare services to the people of Omagh and surrounding areas.
 
Finally, on behalf of the Project Team, I would wish to thank everyone involved in the project for their continued support, and wish them and their families a happy Christmas and a successful new year.
 

Irwin Potts
Assistant Director Strategic Capital Development
The principal construction components of the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex are now complete with tower cranes removed from site and work concentrating on final internal fit out and finishing. Most blocks are in the final stages of finishing and cleaning and our Design Team have commenced the very essential process of final quality control checks against the design drawings and specifications.
 
The Boiler plant has been fired and a process of warming through the extensive network of pipework is underway. As can be seen from the Donaghanie road, the external works including car parks, roadways and landscaping is virtually complete.
 
Building Control have now carried out their final inspection of Block G (Hospital Sterilisation and Decontamination Unit) in advance of this block being handed over to the Trust in January 2017. The main focus of work going forward will be the commissioning and setting to work of the Building Engineering Services elements and the validation of specialist equipment.
We recently welcomed Minister of Health, Michelle O’Neill to the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex construction site to view ongoing progress.
Minister of Health, Michelle O’Neill said: “I am delighted to see first-hand the significant progress that has been made in the development of this valuable new complex. The new hospital will cover a range of key primary, secondary and community healthcare services for local delivery to the people of Omagh and surrounding district.” Read more.

We recently welcomed staff from the Hospital Sterilisation and Disinfectant Unit (HSDU) and GP’s along with Practice Managers and staff from the Omagh Health Centre to the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex site. During these visits attendees had the opportunity to view a variety of areas within the site as the project continues to progress.

Sean Collins, Clinical Design Lead for the Omagh Hospital Project, lead both visits to the site, answering questions and providing information.

A Consultation Paper detailing proposed restrictions on annual leave for the commissioning period of the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex was brought to Trust Consultation Group Meeting on 5th October 2016. As no issues were raised, the  Trust now seeks staff co-operation in implementing the proposal. 
The paper proposes a two-week period when there will be a restriction on annual leave for the week of each services’ move and the following week. As the move is a phased approach these weeks will differ depending on the week allocated to move. In light of this, the Trust is seeking the co-operation of all affected staff regarding annual leave during the move week and the week after.  The Trust would ask that consideration and co-operation is provided to address this issue now so as to advise staff in advance to plan leave. 
This also will provide departmental managers with an opportunity to plan annual leave during and following this time frame. Departmental moves are planned to commence on 18th May 2017 and please contact your Relocation Lead or representative on the Project’s Move Planning Group for confirmation of your planned move date.  Your co-operation in planning leave as outlined above is very much appreciated.
Sister Carol Reid - Day Procedure Unit, Tyrone County Hospital
Sister Carol Reid, Day Procedure Unit, Tyrone County Hospital talks about how the Day Procedure Unit of Tyrone County Hospital will evolve and the excitement of moving into brand new surroundings when the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex opens in 2017.
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