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New Omagh Hospital and Primary Care complex opens

The long-awaiting new hospital and primary care complex in Omagh opened its doors on Tuesday.

The complex, built at a cost of £105 million by the Western Trust, houses a range of health care services.

On Tuesday, the final transfer of patients from the old Tyrone County Hospital was due to take place while the four GP practices currently operating at Omagh Health Centre will start at the new complex next Monday.

Speaking after a tour of the new hospital on Tuesday, West Tyrone MLA Declan McAleer said that the co-location of primary, secondary and community services on the one site reflects the vision of the Bengoa Report.

"This is a state-of-the-art health care facility right at the heart of the Omagh community," he said.

"With a range of co-located services under the one roof, this represents the vision outlined by Professor Bengoa. This new facility will cater for the vast majority of health needs for generations to come."

The complex houses a range of services including GP, urgent care, cardiac assessment, renal, a children’s dept and 40 individual en-suite wards, and provides seventeen different health care specialiities.

A new shuttle bus service, route 384e, will run every 30 minutes from Omagh bus station, from 7.40am to 6pm, then hourly to 9pm.

Mr McAleer noted that the transfer of the last patients from Tyrone County Hospital on Tuesday "will effectively bring the curtain down on the TCH, it will usher in a new era of joined up health care provision in the district".

"This good news for Omagh," heconcluded.

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