2014 News and Events

2014 News items listed below

'All Wrapped Up' Christmas Campaign

Yesterday many members of staff in The Trust wore their Christmas jumpers to show support for the ‘All Wrapped Up’ Christmas Campaign. All funds raised were for The Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.

We would like to thank everyone for their generous donations!

A reminder that Bangor & Ards Minor Injuries Units will be closed on Christmas Day. They will reopen on Boxing Day. The Downe Hospital's weekend minor injuries service will be as usual.

ImROC - Recovery College Upcoming Courses

The Recovery College has two courses beginning in January. The first is on 'Goal Setting for Recovery' and the second on 'Coaching for Recovery.'

Choose Well - If You Need To Use Health & Care Services Over Christmas & New Year

The Health and Social Care Board together with the Trust, local GPs, pharmacists and dentists have been working to ensure that local people have access to urgent care services over the Christmas and the New Year holiday period. The following health and care arrangements will be in place should you or a member of your family become ill or have an accident.

Trust Appeal for People to Choose Well

The Choose Well campaign will be running across Northern Ireland again this winter. The campaign, which is in its second year, aims to help people gain a better understanding of the health services available to treat everything from a common cold to a major emergency

Prince's Trust Toy Donation

Team 25 of The Prince's Trust donated toys for outpatients at The Children's Ward in The Ulster Hospital. They raised money by having a silent auction and a Fun Day in order to provide an additional £200 towards The Quiet Room.

Cardiology Workshop

Cardiology Workshop

On Thursday 18 December 2014 the Ulster Hospital held its first Cardiology Workshop for nursing staff within the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust.

As an organisation, the South Eastern Trust has a fantastic range of expertise within Cardiology and it is important to utilise this knowledge for the development of our staff.

Graham BAM Healthcare Arrange Visit from Santa to Children's Unit at Ulster Hospital

This week, Santa took some time out of his busy schedule to bring gifts to young patients at the Children’s Unit at the Ulster Hospital. The visit was arranged by GRAHAM Bam Healthcare Partnership (GBHP) and supported by their supply chain.

Laboratory Staff Raise Money In Christmas Jumpers

Laboratory staff in the Ulster Hospital all wore festive Christmas Jumpers and collected donations by participating in Christmas Jumper Day. Over £100 was raised for Save the Children. The staff would like to thank everyone who contributed to this.

New Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Book Sells Out on Amazon

A book jointly written by two Trust staff from our psychological therapy service has sold out in Amazon on its first run. Stephen Herron, Senior Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (right) and Joanne Younge, CBT psychotherapist are pictured with Colin Hughes, Belfast Trust at the launch of their book "CBT for mild to moderate Depression and Anxiety" in Lisburn Library.

A report outlining all the interesting and informative news from across the South Eastern Trust area.

The Annual 'Christmas Bike Run'

The Annual 'Christmas Bike Run' organised by the Ancestors Motorcycle Club recently visited the Ulster Hospital and donated gifts.

Mental Health Hospital Nurses Forum

A Mental Health Hospital Nurses Forum has been established to provide a communication network for our nurses who work across our mental health wards.

ERASMUS and International Students Meet and Greet

ERASMUS and International Students shared their experience of working with The South Eastern Trust with members of staff last week.

The Mayor of Castlereagh and Santa Claus Visit The Children's Unit, Ulster Hospital

The Mayor of Castlereagh and Santa Claus recently paid a visit to young patients at the Children’s Unit at the Ulster Hospital.

The Trust is proposing to achieve Smoke Free Sites by the end of 2015. This would mean that no-one would be allowed to smoke anywhere on Trust sites. The Trust believes that this is a further positive step in reducing the risks to public health that smoking poses, that it will actively encourage smokers to quit, ant that everyone who accesses Trust grounds and facilities will ultimately benefit.

PHA Mental Health Campaign  2014-15

View the PHA Mental Health Briefing Information here.

Organ Donation Family Discussion Day

A new organ donation campaign, which is being supported by the Northern Ireland Executive, has been launched to encourage families throughout Northern Ireland to sit down with their loved ones on December 11 and discuss their wishes on organ donation.

Linfield Football Club recently visited The Children's Unit at The Ulster Hospital to present gifts to the children in the wards. They spent time talking to the families and the visit was enjoyed by everyone involved.

The Trust would like to thank Linfield F.C for their generous gifts to the unit.

‘Striving for Normality in a Brave New World’ is the title of the Mothers, Obstetricians and Midwives Conference. This conference addresses the challenges of collaborative working and supporting normality whilst facing 21st century issues eg. surrogacy, trafficking and lifestyle.

Innovation Centre Is Exemplar of Reform

Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA and Health Minister Jim Wells MLA have said that the Innovation Centre at the Ulster Hospital is an exemplar of public sector reform in Northern Ireland.

The South Eastern Trust’s Quality, Improvement and Innovation Centre (QIIC) supports staff to bring forward innovative ideas that will deliver improvements and lead to excellence in service provision.

Ulster Hospital Redevelopment Marks Achievement of Major Milestone

The Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Jim Wells, MLA and the Minister of Finance and Personnel , Simon Hamilton, MLA joined the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust to celebrate a ‘Topping Out’ ceremony to mark the pour of the final concrete floor of the new Inpatient Ward Block on the Ulster Hospital site

Trust Wins No Smoking Day Organiser of the Year Competition

The Trust has won the UK’s Best Health Setting campaign in the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) No Smoking Day Organiser of the Year competition. Smoking Cessation Co-ordinator Shirley McClelland was presented the award at the launch of the 2015 No Smoking Day theme Conference in Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim.

Recognising and Celebrating Social Work Practice in Northern Ireland.

Congratulations to the 90 teams and individuals from social work across Northern Ireland nominated for the 2015 Social Work Awards. Judging is now complete and the winners will be announced at a lunchtime event in Belfast City Hall on 5 March 2015.

Health & Social Services Minister Jim Wells has asked the Trust to ensure that Bangor Minor Injuries Unit stays open.

Trust Launches Consultation on Traffic Management Proposals

The Trust has launched a consultation on the proposals to extend traffic management and car parking charges to Lagan Valley, Ards Hospital and Downe/Downshire Hospitals.

SET Employability Open Day

The Trust Employability Team recently held an Open Day in the Innovation Centre, Ulster Hospital.

Give the Gift of Life

The Trust is holding an Organ Donation Awareness Week on 24 November 2014 to support the ‘Speak Up and Save a Life’ campaign highlighting the importance of organ donation in Northern Ireland.

Alcohol Awareness Week - Make Every Contact Count Urges Minister

As part of Alcohol Awareness week, Health Minister Jim Wells joined forces with leading addiction services charities Addiction NI and FASA to reiterate the seriousness of alcohol dependence in Northern Ireland.

Following on from a very successful workshop in October a second workshop is being held in Downpatrick to support family members with the challenging situations addiction and substance use can cause the family.

The workshop will take place on Saturday 29th November in The Duffern Training Rooms, Downshire Hospital, Downpatrick from 1-4pm.

To confirm a place phone The Addiction Unit, Ward 15 (Shimna House) on 028 4451 3921 or 028 4451 3922.

Better Connections To The Ulster Hospital With Translink

Phillip Woods, Metro Belfast Manager is pictured with Janice Clarke, Senior Manager Patient Experience, at South Eastern Trust to help remind passengers about better connections on Metro services operating between Dundonald and the city centre.

Practice Development Showcasing Event

On Thursday 6th November a ‘Practice Development Showcasing Event’ was held in the Trust Innovation Centre, Ulster Hospital. Clinical staff and managers from across the Trust came together to share and celebrate a wide range of practice development activities.

An open evening is being held on 27 November 2014 to provide information about Adoption, Dual Approval and our Concurrent Care Scheme.

Roisin Devlin travelled to Indianapolis with the Emergency Nurse Association. We are grateful to her for sharing her account of the conference.

Safe And Well Project Helps Bring Awareness To World Mental Health Day

The Sarah Crothers Centre joined with the Safe & Well Project in October to host two Emotional Well Being Events. The events were held to celebrate and bring awareness to World Mental Health Day.

Trust Launches Annual Quality Report to Mark World Quality Day

Today is World Quality Day and as part of the celebrations we have launched our second Annual Quality Report.

Men's Health Event Is A Success

The Trust held a Men’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Event on 11 November 2014 at The La Mon Hotel. The theme of the seminar focused on the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ which is aimed at improving health and wellbeing.

Occupational Therapy Week

Occupational Therapy Week runs from 3-9 November. Occupational therapy enables people to achieve health, well-being and life satisfaction through participation in occupation.

Events To Mark Alcohol Awareness Week

As part of Alcohol Awareness Week 2014 PCSP (Down Policing & Community Safety Partnerships), PSNI, South Eastern Trust (Alcohol & You) and CAST (Community Alcohol Support Team) are organising two free workshops in Downpatrick exploring the impact of alcohol on our communities. The first workshop looks at the impact of alcohol on sport and the second workshop focuses on the impact alcohol has on those living with someone else’s addiction

24 November 2014 @ The Innovation Centre, Ulster Hospital.

Active Ageing Programme

Being physically active on a regular basis is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. Studies have shown that exercise provides many health benefits and that older adults can gain a lot by staying physically active on a daily basis.

Downe Hospital Nurse Nurse Meets The Man Whose Life She Saved

Downe Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Roisin Dorian this afternoon met the man whose life she saved on Saturday night. 44 year old Sean McLaughlin is now in the Ulster Hospital Coronary Care Unit waiting for a triple bypass.

Funds Raised For MacDermott Unit In Memory Of John Mahon

Many people will remember John Mahon, a familiar face on the Strangford ferry crew, who recently lost his battle with cancer. His twin daughters, Clare and Julie, have presented a cheque for £2,600 to the MacDermott Unit at the Ulster Hospital where he was treated. What has made it even more poignant is that Julie has since been diagnosed with cancer and is being treated in the same unit.

Health Trust Appeals For More People To Adopt

National Adoption Week takes place this year from 3-9 November 2014 and the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust is appealing for more adopters in the North Down & Ards and Down & Lisburn areas.

Thompson House Raise Money For Macmillan

Staff of Thompson House gathered to present a cheque to Macmillan Cancer Support. The money was raised from a coffee morning held in Thompson House in September and was organised by S/N Sarah McCallen who encouraged all close to Thompson House to contribute by trying their hand at baking.

Use Of E-Cigarettes Prohibited In All Trust Facilities

As a health promoting organisation, the Trust is pro-active in striving to achieve a smoke free environment for all. The Trust operates a Smoke Free Policy which applies to all staff, patients, visitors and contractors. This policy extends to the use of e-cigarettes which is prohibited by all staff, service users, visitors and the public. This includes use in all Trust facilities and workplace vehicles.

Youth Employability Drop-In Sessions

This is an open invitation from the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust for all 16-24 year olds not in education, employment or training to come along to one of our drop in sessions and meet us in person, get advice and learn how you can gain new skills and experience through one of our many work placements.

The Health Minister has asked all Trusts to implement a series of contingency measures to prevent an overspend in the health budget. In the South Eastern Trust this will mean £5m of savings to be delivered by March 2015

Junior Ministers Praise Newtownards Family Support Hub

Junior Ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann have visited North Down and Ards Family Support Hub to hear how local families in need are being helped by collaborative working and early intervention.

New Service Launched To Help Families With Inherited Risk Of Heart Disease

This week, The Public Health Agency launched a new service to identify people at risk from a symptomless genetic disorder that increases a person’s chance of early heart disease and premature death. About one in 500 people has Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH), an inherited condition that means their cholesterol levels are higher than normal from birth.

Former Maternity Patient Opens Art Exhibition

A beautiful painting of poppies was recently donated to the Maternity Unit in the Ulster Hospital by Lisburn artist, Kerry Miles. While she was a patient in the maternity unit for over five weeks, Kerry completed a number of pieces and now a collection of her work can be seen at an exhibition in The Lisburn Island Arts Centre.

Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record Team Wins National IT Award

The team behind the innovative Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record (NIECR) has won a prestigious EHealth Insider national award for ‘Best use of IT to support integrated healthcare services’.

Mens Mental Health & Wellbeing Event

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust has organised a Men’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Event which will take place on 11 November 2014 from 9.15am – 1.00pm in La Mon House Hotel .

Trust Hosts Visit From Jordanian Government

The Trust recently hosted a workshop and visits to a number of facilities in children’s services for senior staf from the Jordanian Government.

Firework Safety Campaign Launch

Pictured at the recent Fireworks Safety Campaign launch is Mr Alastair Brown (Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Ulster Hospital), Bobby Singleton (PSNI), Jim Wells (Health Minister), Dale Ashford (NI Fire & Rescue Service) & John McPoland (NI Ambulance Service).

Focus Group For 'Youth@Work' Programme

A focus group was held in The Trust’s Innovation Centre recently for the young people who are either currently on the 'Youth@Work' programme or have finished and completed their work placement.

'Youth At Work' Highlighted in Ballygowan Area

Stephanie Griffiths, Employability Training Coordinator, recently gave a talk at The Ballygowan and District Community Association AGM. Stephanie wanted to raise the profile of the ‘Youth@Work’ programme in more rural areas.

'Recovery Through Art' Exhibition Displayed At Ulster Hospital

On 13 October, Mental Health Inpatients from Ward 12, Lagan Valley Hospital showcased their artwork in an exhibition in The Innovation Centre, Ulster Hospital. This was part of the Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.

Stress Control Sessions

‘Stress Control’ is a six session class provided free of charge by the Trust and delivered by experienced qualified cognitive-behavioural psychotherapists.

Payroll Department Raise Money For Macmillan

The Payroll Department in Ards Community Hospital held a Macmillan Coffee Morning in memory of a finance colleague who passed away due to cancer earlier this year.

Five Ways To Wellbeing - Give

In the lead up to tomorrow's World Mental Health Day, each week we have been highlighting the five ways to wellbeing. This week we are focusing on 'Give.'

Downe midwives again hosted an extremely successful Open Day where they displayed their beautiful birthing rooms.

Free Workshop For Family Members Of Those Affected By Substance Misuse

A free workshop for family members affected by someone’s substance misuse is being organised on 11 October 2014 from 12:30pm until 4:00pm in the Training Rooms in Downshire Hospital, Downpatrick. The workshop is free and is available to anyone over 16 who would like support in dealing with a family member’s excessive use of alcohol or drugs.

To celebrate International Day of Older Persons, 1 October 2014, Ward 14 in Lagan Valley Hospital held an event to highlight the services provided for the older person within Lagan Valley.

The Community Addictions Team in the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust are based in Lough House, Newtownards Hospital and provide services for individuals dependant on alcohol and drugs across the North Down and Ards area. The community based team offer a range of services including group work support and service user involvement.

Trust Launches Emergency Dept Alcohol Toolkit

A new alcohol advice tool for use by staff in the Emergency Departments in the Trust area has been launched today by Health Minister Jim Wells.

On the 29 September 2014, pupils and staff from local schools and the South Eastern Regional College attended the Launch of Work Placement Guidelines organised by the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust in the Innovation Centre, Ulster Hospital.

Five Ways To Wellbeing - Take Notice

In the lead up to World Mental Health Day each week we will be highlighting the five ways to wellbeing.

First-ever Palliative Care Week To Get Underway

A public information campaign to highlight how palliative care improves the quality of life of a person with an incurable illness is taking place across Northern Ireland.

Parents, friends and relatives are invited to a Service of Remembrance in memory of children and babies who have died before or after birth. The service will take place on 15 October 2014 at 7.30pm in the Recreation Hall, Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.

Butterfly Scheme Is Launched In Downe & Lagan Valley Hospitals

The ‘Butterfly Scheme’ has recently been launched in Lagan Valley and Downe Hospitals. The scheme is an exciting initiative which aims to improve the well-being and safety of people with memory impairment whilst they are in hospital and to reduce hospital stays.

Events To Mark World Mental Health Day

Every year on the 10 October we join together in shining the spotlight on a particular aspect of Mental Health.  World Mental Health Day is the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy.

Friends of Ward 15 Celebrate 40 Years

The Friends of Ward 15 in Downshire recently held a celebration event to mark 40 Years of service user involvement with addiction treatment services in the South Eastern Trust area.

Five Ways To Wellbeing - Be Active

In the lead up to World Mental Health Day each week we will be highlighting the five ways to wellbeing.

Fostering - Dont Rule Yourself Out

Many people who have an interest in becoming a foster carer rule themselves out without seeking more information. Foster carers are ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference in the lives of young people in foster care.

Trust Facilities Win At Best Kept Awards

Two Trust facilities are winners at this year’s Best Kept Awards organised annually by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC). The awards recognise facilities that are maintained to the highest environmental standard.

The first session of ‘Walking Football’ for adults with learning disabilities took place recently in Ards Leisure Centre as a partnership between Ards Football Development, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust Health Development Team and the Training and Resource Centres.

Occupational Therapy lead for South Eastern Trust, Rachel Gibbs set up a Children's Occupational Therapy service in Zanzibar, Tanzania over ten years ago.

Downe Midwifery Led Birthing Centre Open Day

The Downe Midwifery Led Unit are planning their annual open day on Sunday 5 October from 2pm to 6pm.

The ImROC Personalisation & Choice Sub Group is pleased to be running a workshop on Personalisation, Choice & Mental Health on 10 October 2014.

Macmillan Coffee Morning - 25 September 2014

Five Ways To Wellbeing - Keep Learning

In the lead up to World Mental Health Day each week we will be highlighting the five ways to wellbeing.

Tenants of a Supported Living Facility within the South Eastern H&SC Trust recently completed a 8 week Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) group.

Celebrations have taken place in the Derriaghy Centre to mark the most recent achievements of some of the South Eastern Trust Service Users.

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2014 a global event ‘Cycle Around the Globe’ took place in the Colin Area.

Major Childhood Flu Vaccination Programme

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has recently launched phase two of its childhood flu vaccination programme which will see immunisation being offered to pre-school children aged two years and over, and all primary school children. This will help protect against the disease and reduce spread.

Domiciliary Care Review

The Health and Social Care Board is currently undertaking a review of domiciliary care across Northern Ireland and wishes to engage with interested parties to inform this work.

The Community Addictions Team are holding a Coffee Morning on 26 September 2014 from 11am-1pm at Lough House, Ards Hospital

Lagan Valley Midwifery Led Birthing Centre Open Evening

Lagan Valley Maternity staff are planning their annual open evening on Thursday 25 September from 6pm -8pm.

Lisburn Artist Donates Poppy Painting

A beautiful new painting of poppies has been donated to the Maternity Unit in the Ulster Hospital by Lisburn artist, Kerry Miles, whilst she was a patient in the maternity unit for over five weeks.

Five Ways To Wellbeing - Connect

In the lead up to World Mental Health Day each week we will be highlighting the 'Five ways to Wellbeing.'

Annual Report & Accounts 2013/14

The Trust has published the Annual Report & Accounts 2013/14 which gives an insight into the wide ranging support that we provide to the population in the South Eastern Trust area.


Tackling alcohol misuse together in the Down Council area

Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), PSNI and Alcohol and You announce the launch of a joint initiative to reduce alcohol related problems in the Down area.

Human Milk Bank information morning - 9 September 2014

Cycle Around the Globe for World Suicide Prevention Day

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2014, an event ‘Cycle Around the Globe’ will be taking place in the Colin area to raise awareness about mental health issues and suicidal behaviour, ideation and connectedness.

Social Work Awards 2015 - Nominations Now Open

The Social Work Awards 2015 have now been launched. The Awards celebrate excellence in Social Work practice across Northern Ireland and provide a public recognition of social workers’ achievements.

Life Festival in Newcastle Marks World Suicide Prevention Day

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day a ‘Life Festival’ will be taking place in the Newcastle area.

Stress Control Sessions

Stress Control’ is a six session class provided free of charge by the Trust and delivered by experienced qualified cognitive-behavioural psychotherapists.

Trust Launches 'Hello My Name Is'

The Trust has launched a campaign ‘Hello My Name Is’ aimed at reminding staff of the importance of introducing themselves to the service user and carer and to always discuss any proposed care or treatment with them, which is the first step in providing compassionate care.

Health and Social Care Board call for entries for the Northern Ireland eHealth and Social Care Awards. In this, the inaugural year, the panel will present two awards:

  • Best use of eHealth to support integrated health and care services
  • Best use of technology to support improved health and care services

Parking Enforcement  Ards Hospital, Newtownards

Good car parking provision is an important part of the experience of using the health service, and not being able to get parked easily can make a visit to a health service facility even more stressful for patients. To this end, the South Eastern HSC Trust is putting in place new parking enforcement measures at Ards Hospital.

Youth@Work Opens its Doors

Demonstrating to an employer that you possess important skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, communication and organisational skills can be difficult if you have little or no work experience. So regardless of how much you think you know about your chosen career, if you wish to have more working knowledge and experience and feel confident about your abilities, you should give serious consideration to the benefits of a work placement.

Mental Health Carers Support Service

An innovative new pilot project to provide support to carers of those who have mental health difficulties is now available in the Down area of the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust.

The South Eastern Local Commissioning Group has commissioned the ‘Mental Health Carers Support Service’ for local pharmacists to identify carers who provide support and offer them the opportunity to have a carer assessment.

Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs) are a key element of Transforming Your Care, and will be a new way of working for the health service in Northern Ireland to transform how care is delivered.

Ardcora Supported Living Celebrates 1 Year On

A new supported living service ‘Ardcora’ has been celebrated by Health Minister, Edwin Poots and Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland. The service developed in partnership with the Trust, Mainstay DRP, Housing Executive Supporting People and Triangle Housing Association provides supported living for people with learning disability in the Downpatrick area.

Free App Improves Access to Childcare and Family Support Information

As part of Bright Start, the Executive’s Strategy for Affordable and Integrated Childcare, the Health and Social Care Board, in partnership with the DHSSPS, has developed a FREE Childcare and Family Support App.

Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness campaign launched

The safeguarding board for Northern Ireland have launched their Child Sexual Exploitation awareness Campaign – The More You Know, the More You See. Visit http://www.safertoknow.info/ for more information.

Raising Concerns Launch

The Raising Concerns campaign was launched today (2 July 2014).
The Trust seeks to foster a climate of openness and a culture where it is safe and acceptable to raise concerns about inappropriate behaviour at any level of the organisation. To achieve this aim, the Trust wishes to encourage employees to report genuine concerns without fear of reprisal or victimisation.

Temporary Changes to Urgent Care in Lagan Valley & Downe Hospitals - Newsletters

Newsletters providing information on the temporary changes to urgent care in Lagan Valley and Downe Hospitals

A Big Thank You to South Eastern Trust Volunteers

Mr Colm McKenna, Chairman of the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust hosted an evening event to say a big thank you to volunteers working within its hospital and community facilities. Volunteers were treated to an evening buffet and were entertained by Anna Blake who played violin and Torbank Choir. Gregg Davidson and his colleague Julie from Cameoflage made a surprise performance to the delight of the audience. A number of awards were presented to volunteers for long service. A lucky few volunteers also won spot prizes which were sponsored by the Department of Social Development. The evening was really well received by all who attended.

Could you adopt Matthew and Alice?

Matthew and Alice* are twins aged two who have lived in foster care since they were born. They are loving affectionate children who have a very special bond with one and other. The pair have a packed social life, enjoying Mums and Tots and trips to the park. The children are active and inquisitive and have developed positive attachments to their foster family.

Tell us about your experience of health or social care

The Health and Social Care Board is encouraging people to tell health and social care organisations/professionals if they have a compliment, concern or complaint.

Throughout June, the Health and Social Care Board in partnership with Health and Social Care Trusts will be highlighting the importance of compliments and complaints. Board and Trust staff will be out and about in venues such as shopping or leisure centres across Northern Ireland to encourage people to share their views and also to provide information about who to contact.

Revolutionary Diabetes Pilot Project Achieves Outstanding Results

A device which could revolutionise the lives of people with diabetes has been piloted by the South Eastern HSC Trust, the first region in the world to use it.

The event is open to all nurses and nursing students due to complete their studies and register with the NMC by October 2014.

Success for SE Trust nurses at RCN NI Nurse of the Year Awards

Two local nurses have received awards at the RCN Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Awards 2014. Organised by the Royal College of Nursing, this is the eighteenth year of the awards, which took place at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood.

Newcroft Lodge is visited by Brain Bus

To support Dementia Awareness Week, Newcroft Lodge recently had a visit from Fold Housing Association’s Brain Bus. The state of the art Brain Bus provides participants with both physical and cognitive therapies which can aid the management of dementia symptoms and enhance overall well-being.

Foster Care Fortnight

Foster Care Fortnight seeks to promote foster care, to recognise the central role foster carers can play in providing stable, caring homes for vulnerable children and young people and to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers.

New GP Service Uncovers High Positivity Rate of Chlamydia in Young Men

In the last ten years, Northern Ireland has seen a year on year increase in rates of sexually transmitted infections. Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) Clinics dealing with these conditions have traditionally been located in hospitals and are having increasing difficulty coping with demand.

QUB Midwifery Mentor Award

Queens Midwifery Society recently held their first Annual Mentorship Awards, a scheme created to celebrate the excellent mentorship experienced by the students at Queens University Belfast.

Staff and visitors to Lisburn Health Centre learn the importance of good hand hygiene

Each year, millions of infections can be prevented through ensuring good hand hygiene, therefore the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone of the need to ‘clean your hands’ on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global hand hygiene day.

Lisburn stroke survivor wins Art accolade at Life After Stroke Awards event

58 year old Hilary Palmer from Lisburn received the Award for Creative Arts at the recent Northern Ireland Life After Stroke Awards which took place in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast as part of Action on Stroke month.

Youth Health Advice Clinic Opens in Downpatrick

SERC Health has opened a Youth Health Advice Clinic in the South Eastern Regional College in Downpatrick which will be available every Wednesday between 10am and 1pm and is free to all students and residents from the Downpatrick area under the age of 25 years old, regardless of age, gender, study type or country of origin.

Trust Introduces New Appointment Reminder Service

In order to assist patients and clients to make the best use of Outpatient Services and to reduce the number of missed appointments, the Trust has implemented a new free automated telephone call and follow-up text message reminder service

Working Towards Full Recovery with a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

To coincide with Brain Injury Awareness week 12-18 May 2014, the Community Acquired Brain Injury Team of the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust are piloting a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Self-Management Programme.

Youth@Work Scheme

Youth@Work Scheme

An exciting programme providing valuable work experience to 16-24 year olds is underway in the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust.

Interested in becoming a health visitor?

Are you a qualified nurse or midwife with two or more years’ experience? Looking for a new challenge? If you are interested in children and families and want to make a difference in people’s lives then Health Visiting is the career for you. If so, apply now to train as a Health Visitor within the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust for fully funded training places at the University of Ulster.

ED Doctor Qualifies for Commonwealth Games

Dr Oonagh McCullough who works in the Ulster Hospital Emergency Department has seen Northern Ireland netball team rise in the world rankings from 19th to 11th , qualifying them for the 2014 Commonwealth games.

Trust Receives Over £1m Funding to Replace Vehicle Fleet

The Trust has received funding totalling £1,371,414 to replace 53 vehicles in the fleet.

Be Bowel Cancer Aware

April is bowel cancer awareness month. Bowel cancer is a general term for cancer that begins in the large bowel. Depending on where in the bowel the cancer starts, bowel cancer is sometimes called colon cancer or rectal cancer.

Health & Social Care Webportal - Citizens Workshop

Health and Social Care is planning to build a single (One-stop Shop) public-facing website for citizens of Northern Ireland which will include information on all Health and Social Care services.  A workshop is being held to hear the views of the public.

Ministers Highlight Social Clause Contracts for Assisting Unemployed into Work

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry and Health, Social Services and Public Safety Minister Edwin Poots have highlighted the role of social clause contracts in moving people into employment.

Trust Launches Quality Improvement and Innovation Centre

The new Quality Improvement and Innovation Centre at the Trust has been officially opened by Health Minister Edwin Poots.

Trust Hosts Annual Walk Leader Event

The Trust recently hosted an annual Walk Leader Networking Event at Hillsborough. The event organised by Wendy McDowell, Community Health Development Worker & Walking for Health Lead, was held to thank all the volunteers for their continued hard work and loyalty throughout the year.

Local Dance Company Brings Fun & Laughter to Ulster Hospital Children's Wards

An exciting new dance initiative is bringing delight to children in Children’s Wards, Hospital foyers and healthcare settings across Northern Ireland.

Trust Promotes Nutrition & Hydration Week

To celebrate Nutrition and Hydration week the Trust held afternoon tea parties across many Trust facilities

Trust Marks No Smoking Day

No Smoking Day is today and the slogan this year is V for Victory. To mark No Smoking Day 2014, the South Eastern Trust Smoking Cessation Team recently held a seminar in the Long Gallery, Stormont.

Keeping Safe Awards for Trust Staff

Staff from the Trust and Lisburn City Council were recently presented with trainers awards following completion of ‘Keeping Safe’ training.

Be Ovarian Cancer Aware

March is Ovarian Cancer awareness month. In Northern Ireland there were 178 people diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2012 and there were 119 deaths. Ovarian Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women with 85% occurring in women over the age of 50.

Ulster Hospital Ladies Committee Make Generous Donation to Patients

The Ulster Hospital Ladies Committee have made a generous donation of items to Ward 27 in the Ulster Hospital.

New Weekend Minor Injuries Service For Downe

The new weekend Minor Injuries service at the Downe Hospital begins on Saturday 1 March 2014. The service is intended to mitigate the impact of the temporary weekend closure of the Emergency Department.

2000th Water Birth at Ulster Home from Home

The Ulster Hospital Maternity Home from Home Unit is celebrating its 2000th water birth since the midwifery led unit opened in 2007.

New Heart Failure Rehabilitation Programme

A new Heart Failure Rehabilitation Programme has been developed in Lagan Valley Hospital. The programme provides a structured supervised exercise programme and educational support to heart failure patients on a weekly basis.

Love is... looking after your sexual health

This is Sexual Health Awareness Week and the regional message is "Love is ……"  The Trust is highlighting the  importance of looking after your own sexual health.

Staff Celebrate Winning National Award

Staff in the Midwifery Led Unit in Downpatrick recently held a celebratory event to recognise winning a top UK award by the Royal College of Midwives ‘Mothercare Maternity Service of the Year Award’ for their innovative work to improve maternity services and for their staff engagement activities.

Trust Moves to Minimise Impact on Patients

Following recent changes involving the weekend closure of Emergency Departments at Lagan Valley and Downe Hospitals due to medical staffing issues, the Minister requested that the Trust and the Health and Social Care Board take action to minimise the impact of these changes on the local populations whilst steps are taken to address the current closure.

Downe Midwifery Unit Wins National Award

Maternity services in the Downe Hospital have won a top UK award for their innovative work to improve maternity services and for their staff engagement activities.

'Stress Control' A New Six Session Programme

‘Stress Control’ is a six session class provided free of charge by the Trust and delivered by experienced qualified cognitive-behavioural psychotherapists.

Slievegrane Residents & Staff Raise Funds for Charity

Staff and residents from Slievegrane Rehabilitation Unit in Downpatrick recently held a Macmillan Coffee Morning and due to the great efforts by the clients and staff, a total of £275 was raised for Macmillan.

Events in Trust area for Carers in February 2014.

Consultation on Volunteering Begins in Health & Social Care

The Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency have developed a draft plan for volunteering in health and social care.

Trust Leads The Way With Datacentre PODs

The  Trust along with Health Minister, Edwin Poots, Hewlett Packard (HP) and BT have launched new HP Performance Optimised Datacentres known as ‘PODs’ which will provide reliable cost effective IT services across the Trust’s 120 facilities and the five hospital sites.

New Induction Bay Opens in Ulster Hospital Maternity Unit

A new six bedded Induction Bay has opened in the Maternity Unit in the Ulster Hospital.

MBE for Trust Dietitian

Pauline Mulholland, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust's Lead Dietitian has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for her contribution to dietetics and healthcare.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

In Northern Ireland there are about 105 females diagnosed and 20-30 deaths from Cervical Cancer each year. Cervical Cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35 years of age and the twelfth most common cancer among women in the United Kingdom.

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