Tuesday, 26 June 2012

HM Opens New Hospital

Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images 

Following a private lunch, The Queen and Prince Philip visited the brand new South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

They welcomed to the hospital by the NI Health Minister, Edwin Poots MLA, and by the Chairman of the Western Health and Social Care Trust, Mr Gerard Guckian this afternoon, during the second part of her official Jubilee Tour to Northern Ireland.

The Minister said:
"It is an honour to welcome Her Majesty The Queen to the new South West Acute Hospital to perform the official opening. This £276million development is a pioneering facility and is one of the most modern hospitals in Europe.
With state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, the South West Hospital will provide a range of services including accident and emergency, x-ray and imaging, coronary care, intensive care, maternity and children's services amongst many others.
This hospital is a beacon of health provision, not only in Northern Ireland and the UK, but in Europe. The new facility will ensure that all the people of this area can access the right clinicians and the right treatment as quickly as possible. We should be proud that we are leading the way in healthcare provision.
It will bring significant benefits to patients and staff and residents of the Fermanagh and Tyrone area and is a great example of the continued investment in health service modernisation in Northern Ireland."

Mr. Guckian said,
"The Western Trust is very proud of the new hospital which opened to patients last week. We are delighted Her Majesty The Queen has performed the official opening today. The opening marks the beginning of a new chapter for the hospital and signals the Western Trust's ongoing commitment to providing high quality care to patients."

Her Majesty heard about the history of hospital services and the new £276m South West Acute Hospital from Dr. Jim Kelly.

HM then visited the Children's Ward, while Prince Philip visited the physiotherapy unit and the MRI Scanner.


Lionel Hoxton - Grant said...

we can get all this in the media ! We need your personal experiences, flavoured with wit and aristocratic wisdom, starting with the grand Stormont garden party tomorrow !

Timothy Belmont said...

Most kind of you to say so.

Alas, I shan't be attending the event at Stormont tomorrow.

Not everybody reads the press. I select the images I like myself.

A percentage of readers are from overseas, too.

Gavin Bamford said...

I wonder if HM The Queen had her private lunch at a big house with a recently installed spa?

Timothy Belmont said...

Hello Gavin,

I suspect the lunch might have been at Crom. Lord Erne retires imminently and was a page of honour to two monarchs.