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A programme of weekly testing of pupils and staff of special schools will begin at the start of February
Aontú's Emmet Doyle to call on Council to declare a mental health emergency in response to pressures arising from Covid-19 and lockdowns
Extension to Altnagelvin’s Emergency Department is now operational providing a new 50 seater waiting area and a new minors unit
Trust's 'Phone First' service from next Monday 25/01 will assess patients and direct them to the right service, avoiding waiting rooms
Visiting has been suspended on all Western Trust facilities on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer
Staff forced to work in unsafe conditions, and claims that some were made redundant when they complained, says Sinéad McLaughlin MLA
New Lumira DX rapid nasal swab test gives results in just 12 minutes and will assist Emergency Departments in receiving incoming patients
Last night Trust appealed to off-duty staff to return to hospital to avert an emergency - NHS heroes rushed back and prevented disaster
Flu vaccine now available for free to 50-64 year olds through participating community pharmacies, to reduce pressure on NHS
The Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has now been approved in addition to the current Pfizer vaccine, says Health Minister
Vaccinations have now been carried out in 80% of all care homes so far, to 8,940 care home residents and 10,484 care home staff

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12 year old boy cyclist left with broken toe and bruised ribs after hit and run collision with van at Kurin Rd in Garvagh on Friday (15/01)
Mayor Brian Tierney welcomes Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon's funding of £200,000 for new low-energy street lighting in Moss Park
The security alert which began at Racecourse Rd at 2am this morning ended at 8am - object was declared an elaborate hoax
Santa opened two new state of the art classrooms at Culmore PS as the school gears up to accept digital applications from January 7
SDLP Councillor Angela Dobbins has welcomed the news that Council has put Culmore on the list to get Christmas lighting for the first time