£75m funding for Omagh hospital
Funding worth £75 million for a new local hospital in Omagh has been announced.
A health centre, extra beds, a renal dialysis unit and supplies department will be established, health minister Edwin Poots said.
Construction is expected to start in 2013 and this part of the building is expected to finish in 2016.
Mr Poots said: "The progression of this scheme is important for the people of Omagh and will assist in the delivery of key services in a community setting and in a safe environment for both patients and staff."
He added: "It is great news for the local community that the first phase of this new facility is well and truly on the way.
"It is particularly pleasing to progress an enhanced local hospital and the health and care centre element of this project which will provide first-class accommodation for local delivery of services."
Mr Poots met staff and patients at Tyrone County Hospital on Tuesday.
Western Health and Social Care Trust chairman Gerard McGuckian said the money represented excellent news.
"The Western Trust has been involved in extensive planning for this project over a significant period of time and we have been eager to move forward with it," he said.
"I am delighted that the minister's commitment now will allow construction of these modern and much needed healthcare facilities in the enhanced local hospital for Omagh to commence."