First baby born at new Enniskillen hospital

The first baby has been born at the new South West Acute Hospital, near Enniskillen.

The first baby has been born at the new South West Acute Hospital, near Enniskillen.

Lisa McGuinness from Boho, County Fermanagh, was the first patient to be transferred from the old Erne Hospital at 06:45 BST and gave birth to a boy.

Little Shea Maguire weighed in at 8lb 8oz.

Seventy-eight patients were transferred to the hospital on Thursday from the old Erne Hospital. The transfer started at 06:46 BST.

The transfer was completed by 13:00 BST and the Erne Hospital closed for good.

The Western Trust and the ambulance service said they were very pleased with what had been accomplished.

The South West Acute Hospital The South West Acute Hospital is officially open

BBC Northern Ireland's Julian Fowler, who was at the new hospital for the move, said there was great excitement as the first patients arrived.

"Around 75 patients spent Wednesday night in the old hospital and were being transferred by ambulance on Thursday," he said.

"They left wards in an out-of-date building to move to single en-suite rooms in the most modern hospital in Europe."

He also said that when little Shea's parents called their family to tell them about the new arrival, they already knew - having heard it first on BBC Radio Ulster.

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