About the Trust

The Trust is an integrated organisation, incorporating acute hospital services, community health and social services and serves a population of approx 345,000 people with a budget of almost £500 million.

The Trust covers the local government districts of Ards, North Down, Down and Lisburn.

The main hospital bases are: Ards Community Hospital, Bangor Community Hospital, Downe Hospital, Downshire Hospital, Lagan Valley Hospital and the Ulster Hospital. Community bases are located in many local towns and villages from Moira in the West to Portaferry in the East and from Bangor in the North to Newcastle in the South.

In addition to its geographical spread, there is also a noticeable diversity in its population characteristics, embracing areas of relative wealth and prosperity as well as pockets of considerable deprivation and need.

The Trust employs in the region of 10,000 staff across a range of disciplines as follows:

  • Admin & Clerical
  • Maintenance
  • Ancillary & General
  • Nurses & Midwives
  • Social Work
  • Professional & Technical
  • Medical & Dental

Improving health and wellbeing

Alongside our commitment to delivering safe, timely, high quality and cost-effective care, our Trust has a higher purpose – to improve health and wellbeing and reduce inequalities by using our size as a force for good and working in partnerships with other organisations such as those responsible for housing and education.


Our History

The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust was established on 1st April 2007 and is one of 5 Trusts in total within Northern Ireland.

It was formed following the Review of Public Administration from an amalgamation of the Ulster Community & Hospitals Trust and the Down & Lisburn Trust.