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South West Acute Hospital – Emergency General Surgery Consultation

The Western Trust launched a 12 week public consultation on the temporary change to Emergency General Surgery at South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen on the week commencing 16 January 2023.

The ‘Findings Report’ on the Western Trust’s consultation on the temporary suspension of Emergency General Surgery at South West Acute Hospital was tabled on 06 July 2023 at the monthly Trust Board meeting.  The consultation was carried out in accordance with the Department of Health Circular on ‘Change or Withdrawal of Services’ and in line with the Trust’s consultation scheme.

The extensive and wide ranging consultation included seven face-to-face and two online events, alongside staff engagement and information sessions. The Trust is required under these arrangements to seek out ‘viable alternatives’ to the temporary pathways which were put in place, through consultation with the public and staff. The Trust is satisfied that the consultation process has fulfilled this requirement.

The Findings report reflects the breadth of views expressed during the Trust’s 12 week consultation. The report identifies key themes emerging from the responses to the consultation and aims to assist the Trust to listen to the concerns of the community they serve and enabled the Trust to answer a range of questions which arose relating to the decision.

Read the full statement from Trust Chief Executive, Neil Guckian