Long-awaited new £105 million Omagh hospital opens

The new Omagh hospital has opened its doors
Seanin Graham

A LONG-AWAITED new hospital opened its doors in Omagh yesterday marking the end of the 118-year Tyrone County hospital.

The £105 million Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex will provide a "one stop shop" for Co Tyrone patients by providing a range of acute and community services under one roof.

Located on 34 acres, it will also house four GP practices as well as mental health services, podiatry, family planning, community dental, paediatric physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

A total of 29 patients were transferred to the new facility from the Tyrone County, which was at the centre of an lengthy and emotive campaign by locals who protested against its downgrading more than a decade ago.

Legal action to ensure the retention of life-saving hospital services in Omagh failed and a controversial decision was made to build a new acute hospital in Enniskillen and a 'local' hospital with enhanced services in Omagh.

The South West Acute Hospital opened in Enniskillen at a cost of £280m in 2012.

Located at the Donaghanie Road, the new-build in Omagh is just over a mile from the 'County' and also houses a 24-hour Urgent Care and Treatment Centre which provides cardiac assessment, a treatment room, x-ray and scans.

A ward area contains 40 single en-suite rooms for a mix of patients in recovery and rehabilitation as well as patients receiving palliative care.


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