This is the bi-monthly E-Brief for the Western Trust's Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex project.
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I am pleased to contribute to this E-Brief devoted to the progress of the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex that represents an overall investment of £105million.

From 2017 the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex will provide a range of important hospital services to the community. This will cover a range of primary, secondary and community healthcare services appropriate for local delivery to the people of Omagh and surrounding areas. In addition, it will also provide advanced diagnostic services together with modern GP facilities.

As an important part of our networked hospital services we eagerly look forward to the opening of the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex so that the acknowledged tradition of providing high quality services can be enhanced even further in purpose built, state of the art facilities.

Elaine Way CBE
Chief Executive
Construction Update
Helped by the recent good weather, the groundworks including car park kerbing, paving and tree/shrub planting have progressed significantly in the last period. Over the next few weeks the Contractor will commence the laying of the base course tarmac to the main access roads. The concrete service yard has been completed to the rear of Energy Centre and HSDU Block. Foundations are being installed to the main service yard stores and canopy areas.

Roofing works are continuing to progress in tandem with roof light installation and completion of the plantroom cladding and louvres. All windows are in and the building is now watertight and as scaffolding is removed it is possible to clearly view the final external envelope of the building.

Work is complete on interior design planning including final selection of floors, walls, doors and fitted furniture. Colours and finishes have been agreed with staff and each Department will have its own unique colour to assist with wayfinding.

In the Main Hospital Street and reception areas the installation of the underfloor heating and floor screeds has commenced and these shall be completed in the next period.

Internal finishes are continuing in every block and it’s great to see the flooring, doors, ceilings and wall finishes progressing well, giving the first impressions of the finished hospital. 

It is anticipated that construction works will be completed by December 2016, followed by a period of engineering services commissioning. During this period the Trust will be given access to the building on a phased basis, from January 2017 to  April 2017, to complete a programme of operational commissioning in readiness for the new facility opening in spring 2017.
In March 2016 First Minister, Arlene Foster and Health Minister, Simon Hamilton visited the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex construction site to view its ongoing progress. 

Chairman of the Western Trust, Gerard Guckian said: “I was delighted to welcome First Minister, Arlene Foster and Minister for Health, Simon Hamilton to view the continuing progress in the construction of the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex. For many years our staff in the Tyrone County Hospital have provided high quality care in less than ideal accommodation. We now look forward to that same high standard of care being delivered in modern facilities built and equipped for the 21st Century.” Read more
A mock-up facility has been completed of two of the most common rooms to be built in the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex. These are a consult exam room (approximately 80) and a single in-patient bedroom with en-suite shower/toilet (approximately 40).

These mock-up rooms are designed to replicate the fixtures, fittings, layout and working environment for the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.

The comments received to date from staff and users will allow the project team to feed back many useful points to the design team, and ultimately, the contractor.
Part of the work being done prior to Tyrone County Hospital closing and the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex opening, is the documentation of all the arts and artefacts that exist in the Tyrone County Hospital.

This includes things such as; plaques, photographs, artwork, awards etc. and some of these items are of great historical interest in relation to Tyrone County Hospital.

These items have all been documented and discussion is already underway with the design team and architects as to where they will be located in the new facility.
The Killyclogher Senior Citizens Group has been working on a number of art projects for the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.

The group, who meet at the Cappagh Parish Hall in Killyclogher, have been taking part in textile and mosaic workshops and willow weaving to create some stunning artwork.

The workshops are led by textile artists Stephanie Hazelton and Shiela Oldcroft, mosaic artist Tom Agnew and willow weaver artist Tom O’Brien.

Western Trust teams are working towards the opening of Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex in Spring 2017. The Project Team works closely with Relocation Leads representing each relocating Trust team and GP Practice to ensure a smooth transition without disruption to patient services. 

This work will be overseen by the Operational Commissioning Group which has been formally established and will meet regularly to ensure that all commissioning activities progress as planned. Key commissioning activities include procuring equipment, training staff, installing IT systems, developing operational procedures and move planning.
The Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex fly-through video provides an architect’s insight to what the Hospital will look like when construction is complete.

The fly-through highlights zoned areas including the main entrance foyer and reception area, the GP area, Children’s Department, Outpatients Area, the Urgent Care and Treatment Centre.

The short clip also highlights other design features in the hospital including the ward single bed rooms, nurse base stations and the planned landscaped features overlooking the Camowen River. 
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