Chair hosts reception in honour of Medical Trainees

30th August 2019

On Monday 12 August 2019, the Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Siobhán Currie hosted a reception at the Townhall, Enniskillen, in honour of Medical Trainees.

Speaking at the reception, Councillor Currie said:

“Mar Chathaoirleach na Comhairle Cheantair Fhear Manach agus na hÓmaí, tá lúcháir orm fáilte a thabhairt romhaibh chun Halla Balla anocht.

As Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, I am delighted to welcome you all to the Townhall this evening.

I would like to extend a particularly warm welcome to the new medical trainees who have arrived in the district to undertake and complete their foundation training programme in South West Acute Hospital, Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital and GP practices within the Western Trust.

We are very fortunate in our district that we possess two state of the art modern hospital facilities where you can hone your skills and gain experience in your chosen field. This is augmented by the psychiatry facilities at Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital.

I understand that some of you are commencing your 2 year foundation training programme, the first year of which you will spend rotating between medical and surgical departments in South West Acute Hospital. Those of you who are commencing year 2 of the training programme can look forward to 3 four month rotations in medicine or Care of the Elderly , psychiatry, GP services and other specialities across the Western Trust.

Core trainees, specialist trainees and GP trainees have 6 month rotations in medicine, surgical, obstetrics and gynaecology, and psychiatry.

The next few years here in Fermanagh will provide you with an excellent grounding in your medical careers where you will receive excellent support from across the range of healthcare professionals already working here. You will also be able to pass on your experiences of life in a busy hospital to the medical students who from time are here on placement from Queens University, just indeed as many of you benefitted in the past.

I am confident that you will enjoy your time with us in the district and I would encourage you to consider returning to the South West Acute Hospital and to the district when you complete your training and continue to uphold the wonderful tradition of service by the medical profession to our hospitals and in the community.

Our district has so much to offer. It is a wonderful place in which to work visit and reside. The district has high standards of affordable housing, excellent leisure facilities and an education system which has seen more than £100 million invested or earmarked for investment in the last ten years is indicative of the development of the town. Healthcare is very important to the people of the Fermanagh and Omagh district. By coming to the district to continue your medical careers, you are investing in our future in sustaining a hospital capable of delivering sustainable acute medical care to over 100,000 people. Once again, I bid you all welcome to our district.