Western Trust COVID19 Information Updates
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- COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
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Community Planning and Information
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- Rebuild Plan
Changes to 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 measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID19).
- 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.
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
Click on the link below to visit the NI Direct Website for advice.
How you can help
We would like to express our sincere thanks to businesses, schools and the general public for their cooperation, support and kindness over the past few weeks.
We have been inundated with messages and offers to donate many items, such as refreshments for staff, accommodation and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We very much appreciate all these kind gestures.
In an effort to manage the many donations and to ensure that people are not coming to our hospitals unnecessarily, a number of drop-off points across the Western Trust area have been established.
If you would like to make a donation of unopened / unused PPE or non-perishable food or toiletries, please contact our Health Improvement Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 028 7186 5127. Please contact the team prior to making your donation or travelling to a drop-off centre.
If you would like information on providing accommodation support to our staff, please contact StaffAccommodation.TeamALT@westerntrust.hscni.net
If you are interested in volunteering, please visit https://www.volunteernow.co.uk/volunteering/ for more information
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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Travel Advice for Passengers from South America
Department of Health
17 January 2021
Travellers from South America must self-isolate and get tested
Travellers who have arrived from or transited through these South American countries* in the last 14 days must self-isolate for 10 days when they arrive in Northern Ireland, their household must also isolate for 10 days.
Travellers who have returned from South America should also arrange to have a test whether or not they have symptoms, they should contact their GP or Out-of-Hours service to arrange testing.
*Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Panama, Portugal, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
A Departmental spokesperson said: “This precautionary measure is in response to the emergence of Covid-19 variants in these countries. Work is ongoing to understand the effect of the variants on disease characteristics such as transmissibility.”