Children in the Western Trust area and across Northern Ireland will benefit from the pediatric surgery which will take place at South West Acute Hospital (SWAH), Enniskillen from this month.
The move was announced by the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) on Tuesday and was welcomed by Health Minister Robin Swann.
The Western Trust will provide one full day of pediatric general surgery per month at South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen.
The initiative is part of a wider Northern Ireland campaign to improve access to elective pediatric general surgery.
The Minister noted that children and young people have been particularly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, adding: “I welcome the statement from Western Trust that they will be providing additional theater sessions for children at South West Acute Hospital. This is an important step in recovering our elective pediatric surgery services after the difficult period of the past two years. »
The Minister added: “As I have said before, I will make a relentless effort to reduce waiting times. Today’s announcement by Western Trust and actions taken in other trusts will enable us to do this under elective pediatric general surgery. This is a positive development and something that must continue across all specialties and trusts.
Anne Donaghey, Deputy Director of Operations and Service Improvement for Omagh and South West Acute Hospital, said: “We are delighted to be able to facilitate pediatric surgery one day a month to tackle the lists of regional wait times for young people who need routine surgery.
Anne continued: “The first patients to benefit from this surgery will be Western Trust patients, with a maximum of eight children benefiting per day. We will work with our colleagues at the HSC Trust to ensure that local children receive their surgery as soon as possible. This decision illustrates the work of the Western Trust in partnership with regional colleagues to achieve the ambitions of the Minister of Health to reduce waiting lists for elective surgeries in all specialties.