Local firms thanked for hospital help

TWO local firms have been publicly thanked for the role they have played in building the multi-million pound Erne Hospital in Fermanagh.

Specialist Joinery in Maghera and Oakleef Contracts in Cookstown both worked on the construction of the new health facility, whch is due to open in June this year.

Western Trust Deputy Chief Executive Joe Lusby said they, and the other firms involved, had been instrumental in ensuring the hospital met its opening date and was built on budget. The £276 million project will welcome its first patients when it opens its doors on June 22.

The Northern Ireland Health Group, the consortium which built and will jointly run the hospital with the Western Health and Social Care Trust have, via their Building Contractor FCC Elliott, employed 127 sub contracting firms since construction started in May 2009.

There have been 777 new jobs created and 1150 jobs sustained, ranging from pile drivers to stone masons, from glaziers to concrete specialists, and from mechanical and electrical engineers to high tech hospital equipment supply companies.

Joe Lusby, Western Trust Deputy Chief Executive said, “The Western Trust very much welcomes this opportunity to be able to thank the many Sub Contractors and their staff who have contributed significantly to the development of the new acute hospital for the South West. On behalf of colleagues from the Erne hospital in particular, I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the Sub Contractors’ staff, many of whom come from the catchment area of the new hospital,