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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 Trust’s aim through the consultation was to provide information as well as seek the views of staff and the public on the temporary suspension of Emergency General Surgery at South West Acute Hospital.

To date, seven public facing consultation events were hosted across the seven District Electoral Areas in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area. Two online Virtual Consultation events have also taken place. The events were setup to accommodate just over 4,000 people. A total of 632 people engaged with the Trust at these events. As of (28/3/2023) the Trust have also received over 50 responses to the Consultation Questionnaire.

In addition the Trust have held three Staff Consultation Events and there has been ongoing Staff Engagement sessions for staff and staff-side reps since November 2022.

The Consultation period will close on Monday 10 April 2023 and the outcome of the consultation will be considered at a Trust Board meeting in Summer 2023. Information in respect of the Public Consultation Events can be found on the respective event link below: