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Poots impressed with progress at new Omagh Hospital

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Health Minister Edwin Poots has visited the site of the new Omagh Hospital Project.

The Minister said he was impressed with progress on the site, which is running ahead of schedule.

Mr Poots said: “It is clear that the local hospital for Omagh has come on leaps and bounds since I allocated £80million for this phase of the project, increasing the total investment figure to £107million. The Enabling Works are nearing completion, ahead of programme, and I am delighted that construction work on the new hospital is due to commence before the end of the year.”

This phase of the hospital project will include:

· A Local Hospital including 40 Intermediate Care beds;
· A Health & Care Centre, including GP Accommodation;
· A 24 place renal dialysis unit;
· Urgent Care and Treatment Centre;
· Outpatients Department;
· Day Case Theatre;
· Imaging Centre;
· Children’s Department;
· Allied Health Professionals;
· Women’s Health Department;
· A new Central Sterile Supplies Department; and
· An Energy Centre.

The Minister said: “This new hospital will undoubtedly be a tremendous asset for the local population. It will offer a wide range of integrated services and this is exactly the type of service model I want to see going forward. I am particularly pleased to see a health and care centre which will provide a hub for the area.”

Chairman for the Western Trust, Gerard Guckian said: “The Western Trust is delighted with the progress of the Omagh Hospital which is due to open in 2016. The link road scheme which will improve access to the Hospital in Omagh is ahead of schedule and could potentially open later this year. The new link road and new bridge over the Camowen River are the last in a series of enabling works that have been on-going over the past few years and are expected to be completed before December 2013.”

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