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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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We have been very excited about the move to the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex and it has not failed to inspire and amaze us! There has been an obvious lift to staff and patients in terms of enthusiasm and morale.

Staff have been genuinely delighted about the design of the building, lots of natural light and tasteful colour schemes as well as spacious rooms in which to work and see patients. Patients are also remarking on the benefits of the new building.

The new hospital has given the NHS staff of Omagh, and its patients, much to be enthusiastic about and I look forward to helping deliver health care to this area, in this new building, for some years to come.

Dr Paul McGlinchey
Consultant Cardiologist
Omagh Hospital Project Clinical Lead
The Western Trust was delighted to accept the keys to the new £105 million Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex. McLaughlin & Harvey completed construction and formally handed the building over to the Western Trust on the 8th of May 2017.
Commenting at the handover, Western Trust Director of Strategic Capital Development, Alan Moore said: “This is a major milestone for health care provision in the Western Trust and in particular for the Omagh community and I am proud to accept the keys to this state-of-the-art hospital and primary care complex. I would like to pay tribute to everyone who has been involved in the planning and construction of this magnificent hospital who have worked hard to ensure that it has been built to the highest standards.”
We are delighted to have Art students from Drumragh Integrated College, Omagh involved in an exciting arts project for the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.
 
The Year 11 students worked under the guidance of award winning ceramicist Diane Mc Cormack and their teacher Mr Bradley to produce a signature piece of artwork for the new Hospital. This exciting partnership meant the students work has been proudly displayed in the main foyer of the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.
 
Geraldine O’ Reilly, Patient Environment Arts Coordinator for the project said: “When the open call went out to schools, Drumragh Integrated College expressed an interest in getting involved in an arts project. This was particularly appropriate given the close proximity of the school with the new hospital site, and the new hospital building is clearly visible from the Art Department in the school.”
 
‘The Cure at Troy’ by Seamus Heaney was a major influence in the creation of the artwork with phrases and images of ‘healing and hope’ standing out as inspiration to the students. The artwork is based on a DNA helix which rather appropriately represents the ‘humanity’ of the hospital building and its potential for sustaining life. The helix structure ‘supports’ the individual ceramic discs that students designed and created; these individual pieces are decorated with patterns, textures, words and colour and are speckled throughout the strands of the DNA helix. 

Mr Bradley, Head of Art and Design at Drumragh Integrated College said: ‘’Drumragh College is practically a next door neighbour of the new Hospital Complex, we were pleased to be asked to contribute as it gave our students an excellent opportunity to be part of a creative team that generated something unique and special for a shared public space. We were all really excited about working with Ceramic Artist, Diane Mc Cormack, we learned a lot from the experience’’
As we prepared to say goodbye to the Tyrone County Hospital, a service of thanksgiving was held on Sunday 11 June 2017 to commemorate the old hospital that has served our community over so many years. The service included prayers, reflection, hymn singing by Omagh Community Choir, scripture reading and speeches by staff. Staff both past and present, who worked in the Tyrone County Hospital attended.

Western Trust Chief Executive Elaine Way, CBE said: “I was delighted to welcome everyone to the service to acknowledge and celebrate all that has been the Tyrone County Hospital. Thank you to each and every member of staff who has worked here over the past 150 years. Everyone knows that it is not a job – it’s a vocation. It’s about serving their local community.”

Mrs Way added: “Although buildings are important the people who work there are the ones who make the difference to our patients and their families. There is a tangible culture which is grounded in values such as caring, compassion and commitment. These values are the spirit of the Tyrone County which will translate across to the new hospital. I wish you all good blessings as you make this important transition.”

Dr Ronan O’Hare, Assistant Director of Acute Services for the South West Acute Hospital and Omagh Hospitals said: "The Tyrone County Hospital is where we were born, where we came as a sick child, where we met our husbands and wives, where we had our children, and where we lost our loved ones. A hospital is just a building, but it is filled with our laughter, joy, tears and heartbreak. As the soul of the Tyrone County Hospital leaves on the 20 June, it will bring to life the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex."
New Omagh Hospital opens to patients

The United Kingdom’s newest hospital (the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex) opened its doors to patients for the first time on 20 June 2017. It signals a new chapter in the history of healthcare for thousands of patients in the Omagh area and beyond who are set to benefit from the new facility.

The new £105million hospital and primary care complex located on the Donaghanie Road, Omagh has been designed with the needs of patients and clients in mind.

It will provide hospital and community healthcare services previously delivered in the Tyrone County Hospital. The four GP Practices based at Omagh Health Centre transferred to the new hospital on Monday 26 June 2017 with all primary, secondary and community healthcare services conveniently located within the one building.

Western Trust Director of Acute Hospitals Geraldine McKay said: “The opening of this new hospital and primary care complex is a very exciting time for staff, patients and the wider community. The complex is now officially open and we are committed to providing high quality care in this tremendous new facility. I would like to thank everyone involved in this project and those who have worked tirelessly to make this happen ensuring a seamless transition from the Tyrone County Hospital to their new surroundings.”

As a result of meticulous planning by staff with the support of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) 29 patients moved from the former Tyrone County Hospital into the new complex for the first time.  The Tyrone County hospital which was built 118 years ago closed its doors for the last time at 12.30pm on 20 June as the final patients moved across to the new facility.

Professor Ronan O’Hare, Consultant Anaesthetist and Assistant Director of the South West Acute Hospital and Omagh Hospitals said: “I am incredibly proud of what our staff have achieved during the move, which marks a new and exciting chapter in the history of health services in the West. We will always recognise the immense contribution the Tyrone County Hospital has made to the community over the years and we are mindful of this. Excitement though has taken over as staff look forward to providing services in our new hospital.”

Take a walk from the Tyrone County Hospital down the road to the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.
Members of local and regional media including newspapers, radio stations and TV were invited to a viewing of the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex. Integral staff were on hand to answer any questions and to give a guided tour of the new facility.
 
Local MLAs and Omagh and Fermanagh District Council members received a tour of the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex in advance of its opening to patients. It was positive impressions across the board as they took in the new surroundings.
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