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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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In my capacity as Acting Chairman, I am delighted to contribute to the foreword for the E-Brief outlining progress on our new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex which is scheduled for completion and phased occupation from early 2017.
 
The new state of the art Hospital and Primary Care Complex, when completed, will form an essential part of future services within the Western Trust and offer the finest example of locally provided health and social care services to our community.
 
I know that for the Trust to achieve these targets, a considerable effort will continue to be made by the project team and contractors, but also by many of our Trust staff involved in preparing for the service relocations from Tyrone County Hospital, Omagh Health Centre and other locations.  
 
With the relocations to our new facilities, will come new ways of working which will enhance services to our patients and clients, all of which would not be possible but for the dedication and commitment of all our staff.
 
For all of these efforts, Trust Board is exceptionally grateful and would wish to extend our thanks to all involved.
 
Niall Birthistle
Acting Chairman
Construction work continues to progress well.  Externally, work is continuing on car parks, footpaths and on the Receipt and Distribution area which is visible from the rear (Camowen River) side of the building.
 
Internal finishes are now progressing apace inside the building with floor covering being laid, fitted cabinetry being installed and painting work progressing.  Over the next period, the contractor will be installing fitted furniture including seating and reception desks.
 
Work is also progressing on the internal courtyards in preparation for landscaping. The contractor is focused on completing building works to enable the detailed mechanical and electrical commissioning activities to progress.
Investing in new equipment and technologies is a vital component of the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex project. This investment will assist Trust staff in delivering high quality care to their patients and clients.
 
The process to procure the equipment is well underway and in total almost 800 different pieces of equipment and furniture will be selected to ensure everything needed is in place for hospital opening. There are a wide range of items to procure from hand wash soap dispensers to a CT scanner.
 
Trust Staff from various departments are now engaged in numerous procurement groups that are responsible for the evaluation and selection of equipment. This process is being guided by Procurement and Logistics Services with the Trust working hard with relevant teams to programme and deliver this key work. 
 
This investment will provide assistance to staff in the delivery of services in the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex. This includes:
  • Nurse Call System (Better Communications)
  • Ceiling Mounted Patient Hoists
  • Theatres Pendants and Operating Lights
  • Patient monitors, including Cardiac Telemetry
  • Specialised Diagnostic and treatment equipment, including Dental, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Audiology, Physiotherapy and many others
  • Sterilization and Decontamination equipment
Departmental names have been agreed and signed off by the Corporate Management Team (CMT). 

The names have been chosen mainly from the perspective of what would be most helpful and informative to patients and clients to assist them finding the best route to their appointment location. Colour schemes and art work will be utilised to enhance signage and assist with wayfinding. Graphics will also be used.

The adage that a picture is worth a thousand words is especially true in wayfinding.  Using symbols and wayfinding graphics will repeat the messages on signage.  For example, lifts/stairs; toilets, assisted WC, infant feed/change etc. Signs will be easy to read and lettering will be in compliance with statutory and accessibility guidance.
Facilities Management colleagues are assisting the Project Team in preparing and undertaking the consultation on car parking arrangements for the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.

There will be a targeted engagement consultation on the proposed number of paid and non-paid car parking spaces and car parking charges, as well as car parking operational procedures. 

The findings will be reported to CMT and Trust Board for consideration.
Travel plan surveys were carried out in Winter 2016 with staff and visitors to identify the mode of transport taken to various healthcare facilities. The summary of findings will help inform the development of a Travel Plan prior to opening of the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.

The result will help inform plans for issues such as the timing and frequency of buses to the new hospital on the T&F site and whether to reserve parking spaces for staff who participate in car sharing for their commute to work.

Trust staff continue to liaise with the Department of Rural Development and Translink regarding the completion of the Travel Plan and bus schedule. Union representatives will also review the Travel Plan. The finalised Travel Plan will be shared with Trust Management for approval.
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