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Western Trust COVID19 Information Updates

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
  • Visiting Information

    For latest Visiting Guidelines visit our COVID19 Visiting Guidance page.

  • Staff Absence Figures

    Given the significance of staff absence in relation to the impact on our services over the next 4-6 weeks, we will publish staff absence figures on Tuesdays and Fridays.

    Please note that the COVID-19 absence figures change not just on a daily but hourly basis due to the high levels of community transmission and the associated contact tracing requirements.

    Tuesday 11 JanuaryFriday 14 JanuaryTuesday 18 JanuaryFriday 21 JanuaryTuesday 1st FebruaryFriday 4th FebruaryFriday 11th FebruaryFriday 18th FebruaryFriday 25th FebruaryFriday 4th MarchFriday 11th MarchFriday 18th MarchFriday 25th MarchFriday 1st AprilFriday 8th AprilFriday 15th AprilFriday 22nd AprilFriday 29th AprilFriday 6th MayFriday 13th MayFriday 20th MayFriday 27th May
    The number of staff employed by the Western Trust11,48811,48811,48811,48811,55711,55711,55711,55711,44711,55711,51911,51911,51911,51911, 56511,56511,56511,56511,56511,56511,49411,494
    The number of staff absent due to COVID (Those who are sick/those who are self isolating)854 - of which 164 are self isolating698 - of which 125 are self isolating587 - of which 125 are self isolating456 - of which 91 are self isolating384 - of which 61 are self isolating391 - of which 65 are self isolating476 - of which 75 are self isolating433 - of which 75 are self isolating485 - of which 57 are self isolating496 - of which 61 are self isolating493 - of which 61 are self isolating483 - of which 85 are self isolating584 - of which 70 are self isolating528 - of which 65 are self isolating390 - of which 52 are self isolating319 - of which 51 are self isolating281 - of which 46 are self isolating214 - of which 26 are self isolating160 - of which 26 are self isolating133 - of which 21 are self isolating134 - of which 21 are self isolating136 - of which 21 are self isolating
    The number of staff absent due to non-COVID sickness469479778778522522531531763568543744644553507746722579518701720600
  • Travel Advice and Guidance for Patients

    The Trust is asking members of the public to please follow the NIDirect government website for the latest guidance on inbound travel into Northern Ireland  Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice | nidirect  particularly where an individual has or is planning to attend an appointment at a healthcare facility.  This request has increased importance due to the recent emergence of a new Omicron variant of COVID19.

  • Community Planning and Information

    Click here to visit the Community Planning and Information Page.

  • Changes to Services

    Click here information on changes to our services

    The Western Trust alongside all Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland, is facing unprecedented pressures due to the escalating rate of infection of COVID-19 and the subsequent increasing numbers of COVID-19 positive patients in our Hospitals.

    The Trust is already at a peak in terms of COVID-19 patient numbers and projections are indicating that from the third week of January 2021, that number could be set to ‘double’. In addition, the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen, is already currently operating at 118% bed capacity.

    We have therefore taken the very regrettable, but necessary decision to announce as of today that routine elective inpatient, outpatient and day case surgeries will be postponed until further notice. Red flag and some time-critical procedures and clinics will continue, but will be reviewed daily.

  • Social Distancing


    Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID19).

    They are:

    • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
    • Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
    • Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
    • Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
    • Avoid large gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
    • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

    Everyone should follow these measures as much as is pragmatic. For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, we  strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can, and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family where possible.

  • COVID-19 Testing

    Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. If you have symptoms you should book a free test. More information on Booking a Test

    COVID19 Staff Testing service is now operational across the Western Trust with one centre in Altnagelvin Area Hospital and one centre in Enniskillen . It is important that we have a consistent approach to accessing COVID19 Staff Screening. Testing is for health care workers or a person in their household that they have direct contact with who is displaying COVID19 symptoms.

  • Public Health Agency Advice

    Public Health guidelines and advice regarding COVID19 – click here.

    Public Health Agency Surveillance Reports – click here.

  • NI Direct

    Click on the link below to visit the NI Direct Website for advice.


  • COVID-19 Information in Other Languages, BSL, ISL and Easy Read

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