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Health Minister Visits Acute Medical Admissions Unit

Health Minister Edwin Poots today visited the Acute Medical Admissions Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital, to meet patients and staff.

The Minister said: "No-one wants to be in hospital as Christmas approaches, but unfortunately at this time of year, the health service often sees increased numbers of people coming into hospital through our emergency departments for various reasons. Medical Admissions Units like this one are valuable because they allow patients to be quickly assessed by an acute medical consultant and have an outcome of a focussed management plan designed for them within 12 hours of admission.

"If they can be treated and discharged within 48 hours they will remain here until they can be safely sent home; or if they are assessed as needing to stay longer they can be transferred to another ward either in the Royal or in another appropriate hospital."

Omagh Primary School Officially Opens

Education Minister John O'Dowd has performed the official opening of Holy Family Primary School in Omagh.

The new co-educational school opened at the start of the current academic year following the amalgamation of Loreto Convent and St Colmcille's Primary Schools. The Department has committed more than £400,000 to upgrade toilet blocks, windows and other areas as part of the amalgamation.

Speaking about his visit to the new school, the Minister said: "It is an honour for me to perform the official opening of the new Holy Family Primary School in Omagh. Both the previous single-sex schools had proud histories of delivering high quality education to girls and boys in the area. Now a new era begins, with improved facilities and real optimism as we look to the future.

"This amalgamation has created a more sustainable, stronger school that is even better equipped to cater for the needs of boys and girls, together."


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