This is the bi-monthly E-Brief for the Western Trust's Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex project.
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This is the first e-brief of 2017 and how time flies.
The next few months will see the last of the construction and indeed many of the areas getting their final touches in order for the handover of the building. The Trust have now taken ownership of the HSDU and testing and validation will happen over the next few weeks in preparation for going operational. Staff visits have continued and feedback remains positive.
The next few months will be busy for everybody. Commissioning and move plan meetings continue in order to finalise the tasks that need to be completed to make the transfer of services as smooth as possible. March will see the delivery of much of our occasional and office furniture such as desks, operator chairs, seats, dining tables, and storage units etc. It will also see the delivery of beds, bedside lockers, overbed tables, trolleys and other miscellaneous equipment that is required to ensure the efficient running of the new Hospital. Staff familiarisation and training dates will be finalised.
It is a very challenging but exciting time and the Project Team are really grateful for all the help they are getting from staff. We could not get through this without your involvement and support. We would like to thank you for your continued participation as we move towards the handover of the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.
Project Design Lead
The Trust has now taken ownership of Block G which houses the Hospital Sterilisation and Decontamination Unit (HSDU). The process of commissioning and validating the specialist decontamination equipment within HSDU is planned for February and is a joint exercise involving equipment suppliers, Trust technical and operational staff and support from Department of Health Decontamination Authorising Engineers. Work has commenced on building the hospital ICT network and the first PC’s required for validating the decontamination equipment have been made live.
The many and intricate engineering systems throughout the hospital are currently undergoing a process of testing and proving the main focus on construction centres on that part of the hospital which house the Operating Theatres and Day Procedures Unit.
The helipad construction is complete with final markings to be applied to the landing surface when weather conditions are more favorable, followed by a flight testing procedure to be worked through by colleagues contracted to operate the Air Ambulance NI Service. Other emergency services exercises planned for February will involve NI Fire and Rescue Service and the NI Ambulance Service.
The main aim of a healthcare facility is obviously to treat patients and help them get better as soon as possible and there is an increasing body of evidence that suggests that healthcare outcomes are improved through provision of high quality landscape environments. Recent studies have suggested that green spaces and gardens contribute to providing a healing environment and help reduce stress and anxiety levels.
The new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex will have six internal courtyards planted with a variety of trees, shrubs and plants. As can be seen in the graphic above, planting of these courtyards is at an advanced stage.
Tyrone County Hospital 'End of an Era'
We recently held a celebration dinner dance in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh to mark the End of an Era as the Tyrone County Hospital will be moving to the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex later this year.
The celebration event was organised by the managers within the Tyrone County Hospital and was attended by 400 staff members, both past and present. The night included an awards ceremony and prize draw, generously supported by local businesses in the Omagh area. Guests were also able to take fun photos in a photo booth that had kindly been sponsored by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).
Sr Carol Reid, Day Procedure Unit said: “We felt the night was to be celebrated and not mourned as this was the opening of a new chapter in the Omagh Hospital. The crowd enjoyed a lovely meal and danced the night away to The Rockets who were the cause of lots of sore feet as we danced until the early hours.
We recently acknowledged a generous donation of a commemorative bench from the Omagh Rotary Club to the new Omagh Hospital and Primary care Complex. The bench has been commissioned by the Omagh Rotary Club as a tribute to the late Dr Haldane Mitchell who passed away last year. The bench has been placed outside in front of the planned area for the memorial garden for victims of the 1998 Omagh Bombing, which will be transferred from the Tyrone County Hospital to the new Omagh Hospital site in the near future.
Speaking at the bench presentation, Mr Dominic Pinto, Consultant Surgeon, Tyrone County Hospital (Retired) and member of Omagh Rotary Club said: “Rotarian Dr Haldane Mitchell had worked as a member of the Hospital Management Committee over many years helping to seamlessly manage the transfer of patient care between the Hospital and the Community. He has compiled 22 volumes of the Images of Omagh leaving us with an historic record of the times, places and people of this area. He has been instrumental with a few others in recording pictorially the workings of Tyrone County Hospital and bringing together the memorabilia of the past to be permanently placed in the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.”
Mrs Margaret Mitchell, wife of the late Dr Haldane Mitchell said: “Haldane valued his membership to the Omagh Rotary Club and the friendship he enjoyed week after week. My family and I very much appreciate the honour and respect by which he was held by this club. I wish to thank them for their generosity and kind tribute in honouring Haldane by presenting this bench in his memory.”
Sister Joyce Leary, Renal Unit, Tyrone County Hospital talks about how the Renal 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.