Western Trust heroes prevent healthcare breakdown in emergency situation

Mon, 11/01/2021 - 03:02 -- Editor

The Western Trust issued an emergency appeal for staff to come in to relieve pressure on the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen last night. This was to facilitate SWAH receiving patients diverted from other hospitals in the region, which were struggling under the pressure of the current overload.The appeal read as follows: "For immediate attention of all Western Trust staff working in the vicinity of the South West Acute Hospital. Due to increasing pressures on the healthcare system regionally this evening, the South West Acute Hospital will be accepting patient diverts. We would appeal to any off-duty staff who can come in this evening to help facilitate this, to please make contact with the hospital or go directly to the hospital. There was a quick and willing response from off-duty staff already under extreme pressure, who voluntarily turned in for extra shifts, which resulted in the emergency situation being defused. The Western Trust was able to post just three hours later: "We would like to thank all our staff who responded to the staff appeal, issued earlier this evening. We were overwhelmed by the offers of help and support from staff who have already given so much over the past number of months. Thankfully the situation has since stabilised and whilst the divert is still active, we are no longer anticipating patients being diverted to the South West Acute Hospital this evening."