Foster and Hamilton welcome progress on new Omagh Hospital

Date published: 02 March 2016


First Minister Arlene Foster MLA and Health Minister Simon Hamilton MLA have visited the site of the new £86million Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.

Foster and Hamilton welcome progress on new Omagh Hospital
Foster and Hamilton welcome progress on new Omagh Hospital

Construction of the new hospital in Omagh commenced in July 2014 and is expected to be completed in late 2016. The Ministers were shown around the site to see first-hand progress on the development of this state of the art construction project.

First Minister Arlene Foster said: “I welcome the tremendous progress that has been made on what will be a new state of the art Hospital and Primary Care Complex for the people of Omagh. This construction represents a total investment of over £100million and is further evidence of the Northern Ireland Executive’s commitment to provide the best healthcare services available to the people of Northern Ireland.

“It is important that the right infrastructures are in place to provide efficient primary and secondary care services to meet the changing needs of local communities. This new Omagh hospital will be a much needed, modern and unique facility the people of Omagh and the surrounding area will benefit from.”

The new Hospital will provide for 40 intermediate care beds and will include a range of services such as a 24 renal dialysis unit, a Health and Care Centre including GP accommodation and an Urgent Care and Treatment Centre. Additionally it will also provide advanced diagnostic services together with 3 day surgery operating theatres and 22 recovery beds.

The Health Minister Simon Hamilton said: “I am delighted to have been able to come to Omagh with the First Minister today and see first-hand the great progress that has been made in developing this important new facility. The new Hospital will cover a range of primary, secondary and community healthcare services for local delivery to the people of Omagh and surrounding district.

“This new hospital will offer state of the art facilities and enable efficient ways of better delivering services, and improving the interface between primary and secondary care.”

“We all are well aware of the pressures placed on our budget, however I am committed to improving health and social care services in Northern lreland and therefore it is encouraging to see this project progressing. I look forward to seeing the completion of the Hospital at the end of the year.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Department approved the business case for the new Omagh Hospital in August 2011. The current capital investment for the construction phase of the new hospital is £86.3m.
  2. The new hospital will provide inpatient beds for intermediate care, palliative care and cardiac assessment as well as renal dialysis, outpatient, day surgery and endoscopy services; an urgent care and treatment centre; imaging services including CT scanning; a children’s centre; a woman’s health unit; cardiac investigations; a rapid response service; chronic disease management; pharmacy; ophthalmology; and Allied Health Professional services including physiotherapy, podiatry and occupational therapy. There will also be a new Hospital Sterilisation and Disinfection Unit.
  3. Media queries about this press release to DHSSPS Press Office on 028 9052 0074. For out of hours queries contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number on 076 9971 5440 and your call will be returned. Follow us on Twitter @healthdpt

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