2015 News and Events

2015 News items are listed below:

Trust Goes Smoke Free

The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust will become smoke free on Wednesday 9 March 2016, National No Smoking Day

Choose Well - If you need to use Health and Care Services over Christmas & New Year

The Health and Social Care Board together with the South Eastern 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 SET Recovery College would like to invite you to take a few minutes to listen to the following extract from the ‘Exploring Spirituality for Recovery’ course that took place in the SET Recovery College. This 6 week course encouraged participants to explore, develop and reflect on their own spirituality in the hope to find a sense of meaning and purpose in one’s own life. One of the key features of the course was the influence of art to express inner strengths and values that are inherent to both spirituality and to the recovery journey.

Santa Visits Children at Ulster Hospital

The annual visit of Santa to the Craig and Maynard Sinclair Children’s Wards in the Ulster Hospital was made possible and supported by the staff and contractors of GRAHAM Bam Healthcare Partnership (GBHP).

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Christmas Class

A group of clients who initially undertook a six week pulmonary rehabilitation programme have continued to maintain their fitness levels by attending a weekly exercise class in Ards Leisure Centre.

Alcohol Family Intervention Service

The Trust in partnership with ASCERT, Addiction NI and FASA have launched an alcohol campaign in the South Eastern Trust area promoting the Family Intervention Service through a video that encourages those who are affected by someone else’s alcohol misuse to get support and a bus campaign to raise awareness of the service.

Neely Ward Donation to Dundonald Food Bank

Staff from the Neely Ward in the Ulster Hospital have generously collected for Dundonald Food Bank. This will help many people in need of food over the Christmas period. Well done on a great team effort!

Mayor & Santa Visit Ulster Hospital

Councillor Thomas Beckett, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, and Santa Claus visited the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, recently to wish children in hospital a very Happy Christmas.

Public consulation re Baby Public Plot in City Cemetery

Belfast City Council is undertaking a public consultation on how they mark Plot Z1 also known as Baby Public in the City Cemetery – details of the consultation can be found here.

An organ donation campaign has been launched at Stormont to encourage families throughout Northern Ireland to sit down with their loved ones on December 11 and discuss their wishes on organ donation.

Ancestors Motorcycle Club kindly donate gifts to the Children's Unit at the Ulster Hospital.

Christmas Sale for Haematology Fund

Staff from Ward 4 are in the Ulster Hospital Front Entrance today selling festive buns, treats and Christmas crafts perfect for presents! All money raised will go towards the haematology fund.

Tickets are now available for the staff pantomime 'Jack & the Beanstalk'

Family First Service Provider Award 2015

We are delighted to inform you that First Steps Day Nursery, Lagan Valley Hospital has been nominated by a parent for an award from Families First Magazine.

The Sexual Health Team in the Trust has been awarded ‘Clinical Team of the Year’ at the recent national General Practice Awards ceremony in London. The award was presented to Dr Fiona Carey, Consultant Physician in Sexual Health for the team’s success in developing a new model of providing sexual health check-ups in local GP practices.

Places are available in First Steps Day Nursery & Pre-School, Ulster Hospital for children aged 2-5 years.

An open day at First Steps Pre-School at the Ulster Hospital will take place on 11 January 2016 from 11.30am - 12.30pm.

Northern Ireland HIV figures published ahead of World AIDS Day

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has published its ‘HIV surveillance in Northern Ireland 2015’ report for World AIDS Day. The report shows that during 2014, 94 new first-UK cases of HIV were diagnosed in Northern Ireland. The annual number of new diagnoses has remained stable since 2012. The report also shows that 51% of new HIV diagnoses in 2014 were made at a late stage.

'You in Mind' - Mental Health Service Survey

The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Public Health Agency (PHA) want to hear about your experiences of using mental health services, across Northern Ireland, in the last three years.

Celebration of Assistants and Associate Staff in Physiotherapy

On November 18th, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) in Northern Ireland celebrated an important milestone. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the society welcoming individuals (or helpers as they were originally called), as members of the professional body. Offering the benefits of CSP membership to our associates recognised the vital role they play in delivering quality treatment to patients and clients.

Trust  Raises Awareness of Cancer with Poorest Survival

Backed by charity Pancreatic Cancer UK, the South Eastern Trust will be helping people to understand what the symptoms of pancreatic cancer are by handing out information on the disease at Lagan Valley Hospital, as well as Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Support Line. Staffed by Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Nurses, this phone and email service is the only one dedicated solely to pancreatic cancer in the UK and provides people affected by the disease with information and support.

Relocation of GP Out of Hours at Lagan Valley Hospital

The GP Out of Hours Service currently based in the White House in Lagan Valley Hospital in Lisburn, will be moving on Tuesday 24 November 2015 to newly refurbished premises, beside the current Emergency Department.

Dragon's Den 2015

Dragon's Den 2015

Five teams presented their projects to a team of judges at the final of this year’s Dragon’s Den. The joint winners were the Emergency Department Team with their Mobile Dispensing Unit project and the Paediatric Physiotherapy Team for their 'Hero Camp' idea.

Regional Quality Awards Highlight Innovation & Excellence

The first Regional Quality Awards, established to recognise the outstanding achievement of staff working to improve quality or safety in health and social care, have been announced by the PHA’s HSC Safety Forum at an Improvement Network, NI (INNI) event at 1.30pm, Tuesday 17 November in Riddell Hall, Stranmillis, Belfast.

Jane, not her real name, agreed to tell her story of escaping from an abusive relationship to Detail Data, using photography. The featured objects all come from her home and represent her journey from victim to survivor of abuse.

At the end of November each year Carers Rights Day raises awareness about family carers. Do you look after someone with an illness, disability or who is frail due to being older? Could you benefit from some support?

The Ulster Hospital Annual Lecture was recently held in the Lecture Theatre, Ulster Hospital where Dr Tom Trinick, Consultant Chemical Pathologist/General Physician gave a presentation entitled “A Biblical Armageddon or a Medical Non-entity? Experiences of Sierra Leone”.

Trust Launches New Early Intervention Programme

The Trust is excited to launch a new Early Intervention Transitions Support Programme funded through the Social Investment Fund by the Northern Ireland Executive Office of the First and Deputy First Minister. The Trust is the lead partner in this new programme which is worth approximately £2.6 million over two and a half years.

To support mouth cancer awareness month, the Head and Neck Cancer Team in the Trust are encouraging people to be more aware of the early signs and symptoms of mouth cancer and the main risk factors. Anyone can get mouth cancer, but most cases are linked to lifestyle choices and certain risk factors.

Health Minister Simon Hamilton and Finance Minister Arlene Foster visited the Intensive Care Unit at the Ulster Hospital yesterday and met with nurses and clinicians on the day that it was announced that additional funding of £47.6m will go towards addressing pressures, in particular current waiting times, across the Health and Social Care sector.

During Alcohol Awareness Week, 16-22 November, “Alcohol and You” want to highlight that there is a serious and dangerous issue with people driving the morning after a night of consuming alcohol. The ‘Hang on you’re still OVER the limit’ campaign hopes to address this issue.

Celebration Event for the Stroke Unit & Community Stroke Team

Staff both past and present recently held a celebration event in Scrabo Golf Club to mark 21 Years of the Stroke Unit at the Ulster Hospital and 20 Years of the Community Stroke Team.

Trust Staff Showcased in National Film

The Health Foundation has today launched 'Bottoms Up' the third film in a unique series, the Power of People. The South Eastern HSC Trust was chosen by The Health Foundation for this short film, to showcase the power of our staff to generate change.

Safe & Well Project Celebrates Success

The Safe & Well Project has celebrated six years of providing a service to older people in the Down and Lisburn areas at an event held in Lagan Valley Island Centre, Lisburn.

Health and social care staff have been commended for their contribution to care improvement through innovative use of technology at the annual HSC eHealth and Care Awards 2015. Congratulations to those in our Trust who won and were shortlisted!

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 third Annual Quality Report

Ulster Hospital Pharmacist Awarded Tutor of the Year

Jean Patterson, Cardiology Pharmacist in the Ulster Hospital has been honoured at the recent Queen's University School of Pharmacy Awards. Jean received the inaugural Hospital Pharmacist Tutor of the Year Award.

Trust Community Dietitians Win National Nutrition Award

The Community Dietitians working in the PAAT Project Team have won the “UK Community Nutrition Professional of the Year Award 2015.” PAAT is a new model of nutritional care for patients in care homes. It aims to Prevent, Anticipate & Avoid, Treat those at risk of or already diagnosed with malnutrition.

Royal College of Surgeons Visit Ulster Hospital

The Trust recently hosted a presidential visit by the Royal College of Surgeons at the Ulster Hospital. The purpose of the visit was to talk about key surgical challenges and how these can be developed and addressed within Northern Ireland.

Lynette Rodgers


It is with great sadness we lost a dear friend and colleague Lynette at the weekend. We want to express our sincere sympathy to both Lynette and John’s family circle.

Palliative Care Week 2015

Palliative Care Week 2015 is being coordinated by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC), supported by the Public Health Agency, and takes place from October 25-31. A public information campaign to highlight the benefits of a palliative care approach, both in community and healthcare settings, has been launched in Northern Ireland.

A newsletter from the Trust's Health Development Department providing information and advice on health living topics.

National Adoption Week

“It felt like it was the right thing to do even if it was not the easiest option!”

This is one Adoption UK member’s response to the question ‘Too old at 4?’- posed by this year’s National Adoption Week (19-25 October) which was jointly launched by Adoption UK and HSC Regional Adoption and Fostering Service

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. Sessions have previously been held in the North Down and Ards areas and they proved to be extremely successful.

Education Minister Celebrates Fostering Achievement

The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland, and education minister John O’Dowd MLA, were joined by over 120 foster carers, social workers and young people, in celebrating the achievements of over 40 young people at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum on Saturday 10 October.

'The Challenges of Working with Men'.  A Men's Health Conference will be held on 19 November 2015 in Ballynahinch.

The most Senior Social Workers from across Northern Ireland have come together in a round of ‘Meet the Director’ events. Executive Directors of Social Work from all Health and Social Care Trusts will be meeting with social care staff throughout Northern Ireland in the coming weeks to help promote and release the new 10 year Regional Social Work Strategy - Improving and Safeguarding Social Wellbeing.

'Meet the Director' Event

The most Senior Social Workers from across Northern Ireland have come together in the Southern Trust for the first in a round of ‘Meet the Director’ events.

2015 Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition Runner-Up Award

The GRAHAM Bam Healthcare Partnership (GBHP) Inpatient Ward Block Construction Project, at the Ulster Hospital, was awarded ‘Runner Up’ in the Considerate Constructor Scheme’s (CCS) 2015 Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition. In its third year, the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition encourages contractors to engage with their local communities by asking them to design and decorate hoardings, turning them into works of art.

Celebration of Achievements Event

On 6th October, The Trust held a Celebration of Achievements Event to award staff who have achieved accredited qualifications. Chief Executive, Hugh McCaughey opened the awards and Chairman, Colm McKenna gave out the certificates and provided the closing remarks.

The Trust was delighted to host Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Health Working Group at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald recently, for a tour of the construction site for the hospital’s new Inpatient Ward Block.

This group has been running for 14 years and is open to ladies of all ages who have hearing loss. It meets monthly, the first Wednesday in the month from 10.30 am to 12 in the Maze Community Centre, Halftown Road, Lisburn

'You in Mind' - Developments in Mental Health Services

This short Communication Brief has been developed to let you know about the various regional developments in Mental Health Services, under the umbrella of You In Mind.

Events to Mark World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy.

This year, Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda has had a dramatic increase in the amount of patients entering the hospital. This year, they have treated 1,000 more inpatients, 7,000 more outpatients, delivered 600 more babies and cared for over 100 more pre-term infants than the previous year.

Trust Launches Consultation on Future of Northfield House

The Trust has launched a consultation on the future of Northfield House statutory residential home.

World Mental Health Day 2015

Every year on 10 October we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Day. This year the focus is on 'Dignity in Mental Health.' The aim will be raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health conditions can continue to live with dignity.

Remembering Babies & Children Who Have Died Before or After Birth

Parents, friends and relatives are invited to a Service of Remembrance in memory of children and babies who have died before or after birth.

Our Annual Report 2014/2015 can now be viewed online here.

Connecting with Dignity Workshops

'Dignity' is the theme this year for World Mental Health Day. The Recovery & Wellbeing College in the Trust will be holding a two hour workshop in Newtownards and Downpatrick.

This study day aims to increase the capacity of practitioners to have an awareness of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and enable them to have a conversation with a client about the risk of alcohol use during pregnancy

The Trust has published the Annual Report & Accounts 2014/15 which gives an insight into the wide ranging support that we provide to the population in the South Eastern Trust area.

Parkrun Information


Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; everyone is welcome.

Couch to 5K


Taking up running can seem like a scary prospect, especially if you feel out of shape or unfit. But, did you know that regular running can help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke, boost your mood and keep your weight under control? The Couch to 5K plan is designed to get you off the couch and gradually work you up to running 5K or for half an hour, in just nine weeks.

We are celebrating the Ulster Hospital Stroke Unit (21 years) and North Down & Ards Community Stroke Team (20years) with a party for all past and current staff. See details below.

The week commencing 5 October 2015, events will be happenoing across the Trust to mark World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October 2015. Some of these events will have a particlar focus on promoting emotional wellbeing for carers. Please see poster below for further information.

Donation to Paediatric Unit

Mr Stephen Spence and Mrs Sandra Spence from Ballywalter kindly made a donation of £130 to the paediatric unit. It is hoped the money will be used to buy sensory toys.

Stoptober - Join the 28 Day Challenge!

The Smoking Cessation Team is inviting smokers to join the Stoptober Campaign. This challenge encourages smokers to give up tobacco for 28 days during October, as evidence shows if a smoker can go this long without a cigarette, they are five times more likely to stay permanently smoke free.

Ardarragh Servive User Raises Money for Hopeful Hearts Children's Academy in Uganda

One of the service users at Ardarragh Resource Centre, Richard Singleton from Saintfield, organised a raffle to raise funds for Helene Killen, Continence Advisor, Downe Hospital. Helene went to Kampala, Uganda at the end of August 2015 to give much needed support to the children at Hopeful Hearts Children’s Academy.

Opening Our Eyes to Hidden Harm

A new publication Opening our eyes to Hidden Harm: empowering frontline workers to support children and young people affected by parental problem alcohol and drug use has been developed by the North South Hidden Harm Group and is available to order from CRIS. (Communication Resource and Information Service (CRIS) Knockbracken Healthcare Park)

Fostering Positive Family Relationships

The South Eastern HSC Trust are currently developing a new project within their Fostering Service, ‘Fostering Positive Family Relationships.’ The programme will provide support for young people aged 12-16 years of age who are currently living at home. The aim of the scheme is to support families in need and prevent family breakdown. This is a preventative model of foster care where the foster carer works alongside the birth family helping the parents and the child at the same time.

Fostering Information Sessions

Foster carers are urgently needed in the South Eastern HSC Trust area.

Staff from Ward 20, Ulster Hospital and the Tissue Viability Team are celebrating 1,000 days without any patient on the ward suffering a pressure ulcer.

Allied Health Professionals Summer Newsletter

The AHP Newsletter gives a flavour of the range and diversity of the AHP services across the Trust. Such good work is taking place across all services, and this newsletter provides a snapshot across all professions.

10 September 2015 marks World Suicide Prevention Day. See below for a list of events happening in the South Eastern Trust Area.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2015

10 September 2015 marks World Suicide Prevention Day. The theme this year is 'Reach out and Save Lives' which encourages us to consider the role that offering support may play in combating suicide. The South Eastern Trust is supporting various events across Trust areas this week.

The Critical Care Unit at the Ulster Hospital is celebrating 1000 days without any ventilator associated pneumonia. The unit provides intensive nursing and medical care for patients requiring essential lifesaving support.

Give the Gift of Life - Support National Transplant Week

The Trust is supporting National Transplant Week, starting from 7 September – 13 September 2015. The theme this year is “7 Days to Say Yes I Donate.”

Cycle to Work Day

Cycle to Work Day

Yesterday was Cycle to Work Day and many staff within the Trust swapped their four wheels for two and took part.

An immunisation is the best and safest way to help stop a baby becoming sick from various infectious diseases. Babies are given vaccines, which stimulate the body to produce antibodies. Antibodies are the body’s natural defence system to fight infectious diseases. Immunisation helps to keep the body ready to fight the infection if the child comes into contact with the disease.

HIV Awareness Trainers Newsletter

The Sexual Health Training Team is pleased to bring you the Summer 2015 Edition of its Newsletter. We will be keeping you informed about the latest HIV Awareness Project developments along with topical HIV and Sexual Health news.

Bahrain Minister of Social Development and Government officials visit Lakewood Secure Care Centre

Positive Steps Launch

The new Positive Steps Programme was launched in the Trinity Centre in Lisburn last week. Positive Steps is a flexible and interactive mental health promotion programme developed by the South Eastern Trust Health Development Team that can be used with virtually any group.

The Trust has published the first Nursing and Midwifery Annual Report for 2014/15

If you are thinking of stopping or are ready to stop then come along to our relaxed group stop smoking sessions.

Stress Control Sessions

‘Stress Control’ is a six session class provided free of charge by the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust and delivered by experienced qualified cognitive-behavioural psychotherapists. Sessions have previously been held in the North Down and Ards areas and they proved to be extremely successful.

Intensive Support Fostering Scheme

Do you or someone you know have experience and time to care for a vulnerable young person?

We are seeking to recruit people with experience of working with adolescents, who are interested in either Full-time or Respite fee paid Foster Care for our Intensive Support Fostering Scheme

This national event aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for at least one day.

Ulster Hospital Urology Team Raise Money for Prostate Cancer UK

The Urology Team from the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald ran the Belfast City Marathon in support of Prostate Cancer UK.

Medical Work Experience Launch

The South Eastern HSC Trust is committed to ensuring that young people, within its geographical area, are offered work experience programmes that support them to identify and progress towards particular goals and career pathways.

Are You a Carer?


The Health and Social Care Board, as part of its responsibilities as regional commissioner for Health and Social Care, operates a Carers’ Strategy Implementation Group to oversee the implementation of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety’s Carers Strategy.

Ulster Hospital Maternity Unit Awarded Prestigious Accolade

Northern Ireland hospitals are now the most baby friendly in the UK after three more were awarded the prestigious UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) Award. One of which being the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.

£1300 Raised for Breast and Endocrine Centre in Ulster Hospital

A cheque has been presented to the Breast and Endocrine Centre in the Ulster Hospital for the fantastic amount of £1,300. The money was raised by Thea Presho, Debbie Reilly and April Reilly who ran 3km in the Lisburn Half Marathon.

Ulster Hospital Emergency Department Host Marie Curie Tea Party

On 29th July 2015, Emergency Department staff in the Ulster Hospital organised a 'Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party." Funds were raised in memory of Gretta Fitzgerald who worked in the Ulster Hospital for over 30 years.

A newsletter from the Trust's Health Development Department providing information and advice on health living topics.

This year, children and parents took part in SureStart Ards ‘Rhythm Rhyme & Story Time’ as part of the Rhyme Challenge.

Roadshows in July & August across the Trust area providing advice on alcohol related issues.

Fun Summer Events for Children who use Wheelchairs

The Regional Wheelchair Training Programme for Northern Ireland in partnership with Go-Kids-Go and Disability Sports NI will be offering free Wheelchair skills and sports opportunities in August 2015. These opportunities are open to children under 18 years old who use either a self-propelling or powered wheelchair.

Money Raised for The MacDermott Unit

Johanna O'Neill sold ballot tickets to raise money for the MacDermott Unit at the Ulster Hospital. Johanna made a beautiful quilt as the winning prize. The total amount raised was £1,100. The MacDermott Unit was specially chosen by Johanna's sister, Eleanor Wylie, who recently passed away.

British Lung Foundation Study Day

Claire Black and Shirley McClelland from the Trust Stop Smoking Team were recently invited to deliver training at a Regional “Professionals Study Day” being held in Riddell Hall in Belfast.

Chief Executive's Guest Blog for Nuffield Trust

Our Chief Executive, Hugh McCaughey was a guest blogger for The Nuffield Trust, an authoritative and independent source of evidence-based research and policy analysis for improving health care in the UK.

Applications are open for the HSC Waiting List for Regional Children's Nurse Band 5.

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust have been informed of the impending closure of Daisies Café on the Ards Hospital site. This service was run by Accept Care NI for many years and provided employment opportunities for adult service users with learning disabilities.

At its Trust Board meeting today, the South Eastern HSC Trust has approved recommendations on two recent consultation processes, one relating to the extension of traffic management proposals across the Trust and the other to intermediate care proposals in North Down and Ards.

If you child is admitted to the Ulster Hospital or referred to a children’s Outpatient clinic in the Trust, please look out for the new poster which gives you advice about how to help staff deliver the best possible care for your child.

County Down Rural Community Network Men's Health Event

During Men’s Health Week, The County Down Rural Community Network and the South Eastern HSC Trust held a Men’s Health Event in SERC Downpatrick.

Cuan Court Open Day

Cuan Court, Supported Housing for Frail Elderly and Dementia welcomes all to attend their Open Viewing Day.

Oral and Maxillo Facial Department say Goodbye to Staff Nurse, Irene McKee

Staff Nurse, Irene Mckee decided to take off her nursing apron once and for all after 29 years of service. The entire team in the Oral and Maxillo Facial Department want to wish her good health and much joy for the future and thank her for her many years of dedicated service.

Physiotherapists Celebrate Workout@Workday

Workout@workday 2015 was celebrated by Physiotherapists across the South Eastern Trust on Friday 12th June. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy hopes that this day raises awareness of the link between inactivity and ill health. Physiotherapists are ideally placed to work within health promotion schemes to reduce the incidence of heart disease, stroke, muscle or joint pain, plus many other life-limiting conditions.

Direct Access Physiotherapy Makes Service More Accessible

A new initiative giving people the opportunity to refer themselves for physiotherapy treatment without having to see a GP or other healthcare professional has begun in the South Eastern Area with self-referral through the scheme getting under way today [Monday 15 June]

Charity 'Pilates-a-thon' Raises Money For Neonatal Unit

A charity "Pilates-a-thon" took place in Studio 36, Newtownards to fundraise for the Neonatal Unit at the Ulster Hospital. This involved a full day of Pilates classes followed by coffee and cake organised by Pilates teacher, Susie Rea from Holywood. The day, including raffles, raised £1500.

Safety, Quality, Experience Final Event

Congratulations to the winners at our Safety, Quality, Experience Final Event and to all those who took part in the programme throughout the year.

Collaborative Trust response to the Donaldson Report on behalf of the six Health and Social Care Trusts.

Joint Winner of the Young Kinship Foster Carer Award, Louise Reilly of the SE Trust

An inspirational foster carer from County Down, has been jointly awarded Young Kinship Foster Carer of the Year at The Fostering Network Northern Ireland’s Foster Carer of the Year Awards ceremony recently held in the Titanic building in Belfast.

Self Directed Support

Changes to the way people receive social care support are being introduced from June this year. The new initiative by the Health and Social Care Board, known as Self Directed Support (SDS), will offer more control, flexibility and independence to people as they choose the support they want.

Workout@Work Day

Workout@Work Day

Trust Staff are encouraged to take part in Workout@workday this Friday 12th June 2015. Get some highly recommended physical activity during your work day. The Chartered Physiotherapists in the Ulster Hospital and Thompson House are celebrating with various events.

Launch of Health Development Nutrition Annual Report

To mark the beginning of Dietitians Week, Nicki Patterson, Director of Nursing, Older People an Primary Care and Brendan Whittle, Director of Children's Services, joined Elizabeth McKnight, Clinical Coordinator Community Nutrition and Diet Therapy and Linda Convery, Lead Health Development Dietitian to launch their first annual report.

Men’s Health Week always begins on the Monday before Father's Day and ends on Father's Day itself. This year, it will run from Monday 15th until Sunday 21st June 2015. The Colin Neighbourhood Partnership have organised various events throughout the week.

Self Directed Support Stakeholder Engagement Event

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with the Health and Social Care Board are introducing a new initiative called Self Directed Support. The Self Directed Support approach will provide greater choice, control and flexibility to individuals and families to work together with their key worker to tailor a package of support that best suits their care and support needs.

Foster Carer Learning and Development Programme

To view the South Eastern Trust Foster Carer Learning and Development Programme, click here.

 Afternoon Tea for Patients and Staff at the MacDermott Unit

The Merchant Hotel has linked up with the MacDermott Chemotherapy Unit in a bid to raise funds which will help improve patients and carers experience in the unit.

Lagan Valley Midwives Raise funds for Kiwoko Hospital

The Lagan Valley Midwives were meeting and greeting mums and families at the Balmoral Show last month. Mr. Sleepyhead was knit by one of the midwives to raise funds for Kiwoko Hospital in Uganda.

Men's Health Week 2015 - Creating Culture Change

Men’s Health Week (MHW) always begins on the Monday before Father's Day and ends on Father's Day itself. This year, it will run from Monday 15th until Sunday 21st June 2015. The theme for 2015 on the island of Ireland is: ‘Creating Culture Change - it’s time for a new script’.

A Great Day at the Wheelchair Rugby Come and Try Event

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, in partnership with Ulster Rugby,Ulster Barbarians wheelchair rugby club and Disability Sports NI, held a wheelchair rugby “come and try” day at the Antrim Forum on Saturday 25 April.

Walk for Parkinson's 2015

Parkinson’s UK are hosting a walk for Parkinson’s on Sunday 21st June 2015 at Cave Hill Country Park, Belfast. This year there will be the option of a 4.5 mile walk or a 1 mile walk around the Castle. You can register for the walk online at www.parkinsons.org.uk/walkcavehill

Upcoming Recovery College Courses from August

We have three upcoming Recovery College Courses. 'Spirituality for Recovery' held in the Ulster Hospital; 'Recovery from Unhelpful Eating Patterns' in Bangor and 'Recovery for New Mums' in Bangor. 

Staff Celebrate Dementia Awareness Week

Staff in Ward 11, Lagan Valley Hospital celebrated Dementia Awareness Week with a small informal tea party for patients, relatives and staff.

Launch of Foster Care Fortnight

Northern Ireland’s largest fostering charity, The Fostering Network Northern Ireland, is calling on the Northern Ireland Assembly to prioritise the needs of the record 2858 children and young people in care, and those of their foster carers, at the launch of Foster Care Fortnight.

Ward 12, Ulster Hospital Staff Raise Money for Cancer Research UK

Congratulations to Staff from Ward 12, Ulster Hospital who took part in the 'Pretty Muddy' Run at the weekend to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Trust Marks Foster Care Fortnight with Appeal for Foster Carers

Foster Care Fortnight is the Fostering Network's annual campaign to raise the profile of Fostering which takes place from 1 to 14 June 2015. To mark the fortnight, the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust will be holding a number of events across the Trust area to raise awareness of the urgent need for Foster Carers. An event will also be held to mark the appreciation of the role Foster Carers undertake within the Trust.

A workshop entitled, Reviewing Current Evidence and Identifying Future Priorities for Research' will take place on Wednesday 24th June 2015, Great Hall, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast from 4:45pm-8:00pm.  

SET Nurses Win at RCN NI Nurse of the Year Awards

Organised by the Royal College of Nursing, this is the nineteenth year of the awards, which took place at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood. In a successful night for the South Eastern Health and Social care Trust, local nurses won a total of four award categories.

Ulster Hospital Cancer Unit Receives Top Award

The Breast and Endocrine Unit at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald has been singled out for a prestigious national award. The unit, which offers a “one stop” facility - designed to carry out patient assessments, investigations and diagnosis during one visit – has been awarded the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark, or MQEM.

Recovery Newsletter

Recovery Newsletter

Welcome to the first issue of Recovery, a regular newsletter dedicated to bringing you news and information about mental health recovery work in Northern Ireland. Inside you can read the personal stories of people on their own recovery journey, as well as updates on the work of all the local Health and Social Care Trusts.

Fostering Information Sessions - Ards & North Down

Over Foster Care Fortnight, information sessions will be available across Bangor and Newtownards. Please attend if you are interested or want to know more about fostering.

Let's Talk About Care Survey

During Dying Matters Awareness Week we are encouraging people to complete, or encourage others to complete, the Let’s Talk About care survey which is being led by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC).

Trust Holds Celebration of Nursing and Midwifery

The South Eastern Trust celebrated International Nurses Day by hosting an event for the family of Nursing in The Innovation Centre, Ulster Hospital. The aim of the day was to show appreciation for the many achievements and improvements in care that have been made by Trust nurses and midwives in our hospitals and within the local community.

Lagan Valley Midwives at Balmoral Show

Midwives from Lagan Valley Midwifery Led Unit had their own stand at this year’s Balmoral Show. This was a fantastic opportunity to offer advice and information on their Unit in Lagan Valley Hospital to expecting mothers or those just thinking about it.

Dementia Awareness Week 2015: Do Something New

The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) are working jointly with the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia NI and local Health and Social Care Trusts to promote a culture which ensures people with dementia are supported to live with dignity and without stigma. To enable this, everyone needs to talk openly with those closest to them about dementia; you could even pledge to become a ‘Dementia Friend’.

Former Mayor Raises Funds for Lagan Valley Diabetes Service

Former Mayor of Lisburn City Council, Cllr Margaret Tolerton has presented an amazing cheque for £81,205.99 to the Diabetes Team in Lagan Valley Hospital

A list of some events happening across The Trust to celebrate carers on Carers Week 2015.

Dying Matters - Let's Talk About It

During Dying Matters Awareness Week (18-24 May 2015) the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging everyone to take the opportunity to talk openly with those closest to them about dying, death and bereavement.

Macmillan Event for those Supporting Loved Ones with Cancer

Carers don’t always get the support they need. They may benefit from additional information on providing care; emotional and practical supports available, understanding the health care system or how to get financial help.

Life's Amazing - Pass It On

After the South Eastern Trust’s successful Organ Donation Campaign in November, the NITA (Northern Ireland Transplant Association) generously funded the creation of stickers for Trust vehicles displaying the important message, ‘Life’s Amazing – Pass It On.’ Yesterday the last of these stickers were put on Trust buses by Heather Savage, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation and the Vice Chairperson of NITA, Alan Wylie, who has received both a heart and kidney transplant.

If you are considering Fostering, come along to one of our information sessions.

Life After Stroke Information Day

Stroke Association charity is holding the first ever Life after Stroke information day in the Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown on 28th May 2015 from 10.00am – 4.00pm.

Nurses are the Cornerstone of our Health Service, Health Minister

Health Minister Simon Hamilton today praised nurses across Northern Ireland for their dedication to making a real difference across the health service.

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 11 May - 17 May 2015.

Midwives to Attend Balmoral Show

Midwives from Lagan Valley Midwifery Led Unit and Downe Midwifery Led Unit will attend this year’s Balmoral Show offering information about their range of services from 13 - 15 May.

Ulster Weavers Give Commemorative Gift to Newborns Sharing Their Birthday with the New Royal Baby Girl

Mothers at The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, who gave birth on the same day as the Duchess have been gifted with a special commemorative tea towel designed by the Ulster Weavers.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Book Presented to The Innovation Centre

Stephen Herron, Senior Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Joanne Younge, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist at South Eastern HSC Trust have presented a copy of their recently published book to the Innovation Centre on the Ulster Hospital site.

Family Raise Money for Neonatal Unit

Gareth, Sarah and Mitchell Campton presented the Neonatal Unit at The Ulster Hospital with a cheque for the fantastic amount of £5250. This money was raised through an event organised by the family held at the La Mon Hotel.

We do not get much sunshine in Northern Ireland yet the incidence of skin cancer is rising fast. The number of people developing it is doubling in Northern Ireland every decade. Most skin cancers are caused by too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation found in sunlight and sun-beds. These cancers could be prevented if we protect ourselves from over exposure to these rays.

Nutrition News - Salt Story

The Daily Mail on 29th April 2015 headlined with an article on the pace of change in reducing the salt content of foods and the impact this has on health in the UK and worldwide. Trust Dietitian, Linda Convery has shared her tips on how to reduce your salt intake.

Advice on Healthy Eating for Children

It is so important to initiate healthy eating habits at a young age in order to cut risks of children becoming overweight and developing health problems like type 2 diabetes. Trust Dietician, Linda Convery has given some helpful tips to ensure children have a healthy, balanced diet.

Carers Event For Those Supporting Loved Ones With Cancer

Macmillan Cancer in partnership with the Trust are hosting a carers event for those supporting loved ones with cancer.

The Consultation on Intermediate Care in North Down and Ards closes next Wednesday 29 April 2015. Here is clarification on the cost of beds, following queries from public representatives.

Trust Supports Downe Midwifery Unit

We are appalled that the Down News and SDLP Councillor Dermot Curran have between them created a rumour that the Downe Maternity Unit is under threat of closure.

Please note the May Bank Holiday (5 & 25 May) opening hours for the following:


Nursery Rhymes Key to Language Development

An innovative learning programme is teaching parents that nursery rhymes aren’t just fun to sing with children but also have a positive impact on improving language skills.

Come and Try Wheelchair Rugby

Is wheelchair rugby the sport for you? A “Come and Try” event, organised in partnership with the South Eastern HSC Trust, Ulster Rugby,Disability Sport NI and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. This event is being held at the Antrim Forum at 12 noon on Saturday 25th April.

Nursing and Midwifery Strategy 2015 - 2020

Northern Ireland is currently developing the Nursing and Midwifery Strategy for the next 5 years and there is an opportunity for SET Nurses, midwives and HCAs to inform how this will look.

Are you Interested in Becoming a Peer Recovery Trainer?

If you are someone who has lived experience of mental ill-health and would like to find out more about co-producing and co-delivering courses aimed at educating others on recovery please come along! The course will be held in Bangor Library on Monday 20 April 2015 from 5.30pm-7.30pm.

The Ulster Hospital Urology Team Set to Run Belfast City Marathon

This year on the 4th of May, the Urology Team from the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald will be running the Belfast City Marathon in support of Prostate Cancer UK. Two relay teams of doctors, nurses and a few helpful family members aim to raise money to fund research & support patients with prostate cancer.

Downe Consultant Retires After 27 Years Service

Dr Myles Milhench has retired from the Downe Hospital as Consultant Anaesthetist following 27 years’ service.

Positive Steps Programme for Carers

Positive Steps is a flexible and interactive health & well-being programme developed by Health Development in the SEHSC Trust. Positive Steps is a programme that brings many other benefits in addition to improving our well-being

Lagan Valley Midwives Host Workshop With World Renowned Expert

Midwives from Lagan Valley Midwifery Unit were delighted to host a workshop facilitated by Professor Denis Walsh, a world renowned expert on the promotion of normal birth and evidence based practice.

Newcroft Lodge Activity Day with Halifax Building Society Staff

A group of Halifax Building Society staff joined the residents of Newcroft Lodge in Holywood on 24 March 2015 for an Activity Day. The staff were fully involved with all games and activities, many associated with memory where the residents could reminisce about the past. Everyone enjoyed decorating buns, painting on canvas and playing board games. The staff of Halifax were also shown how to make sensory mats and made a selection for Newcroft Lodge to keep.

Forget-Me-Not Charity Ball

A Forget-Me-Not Charity Ball is taking place on 23rd May 2015. All proceeds will go to Myeloma UK and Marie Curie Cancer.

Newcroft Lodge Celebrate Nutrition & Hydration Week

Residents and staff of Newcroft Lodge Residential Home in Holywood celebrated Nutrition and Hydration Week 17-22 March 2015 with a Tea Party last week.

Recovery College Prospectus

The Recovery College was launched on Monday 23rd March 2015. The college is the fifth of its kind developed in Northern Ireland and builds on the national drive to create a society where people with mental health difficulties have access to the same opportunities in life as everyone else.

Trust Cardiac Cath Lab Team Hosts Study Day

The South Eastern Trust Cardiac Cath Lab was pleased to host a study day on Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABP) in the Innovation Centre today. An IABP is an essential piece of cardiology equipment that provides mechanical circulatory support to critically ill cardiac patients.

Recovery Awareness Week

This week beginning 23rd March 2015 marks our first ever Recovery Awareness Week. This particular week was chosen as the Vernal Equinox took place on Friday 20th March. This marks a time of brighter days and is often associated with new beginnings.

Stress Control Sessions - North Down & Ards

‘Stress Control’ is a six session class provided free of charge by the Trust and delivered by experienced qualified cognitive-behavioural psychotherapists. Sessions were held in the North Down and Ards areas earlier this year and they proved to be extremely successful.

Setting the Standards For Patient Care

Patient involvement is set to improve in the health service with the creation of new standards which will oversee the input the public have into their care.

World Social Work Day - A Student Social Workers Perspective

To mark World Social Work Day on 17 March 2015, Alan Kingsmill gives his perspective on working as a Student Social Worker within Mental Health.

To mark No Smoking Day 2015, the Trust held a successful seminar in the Signal Business Centre in Bangor.

Health Minister Visits Lisburn Assessment and Resource Centre

Health Minister Jim Wells visited Lisburn Assessment Resource Centre and met staff and clients. Lisburn Assessment and Resource Centre (LARC) is a large Day Centre for adults with a learning disability which has a capacity for 120 clients with a range of learning disabilities.

Lisburn Midwife Retires after over 34 Years Service

A familiar face for generations of new mums in Lisburn retires after more than 34 years. Frances Hogg has been a dedicated midwife in Lagan Valley caring for thousands of women and their babies as well as mentoring many student midwives. Frances rose through the ranks to the post of Midwifery Sister and worked both in the hospital and out in the community ensuring mums got the very best care

The  Trust has been in extensive talks with Trade Unions to safeguard essential services for our patients during this Friday's planned industrial action.

Social Work Awards 2015: The Winners

Belfast City Hall was once again host to the annual Social Work Awards 2015 celebrating the excellence in Social Work practice in Northern Ireland. We are pleased to announce that Sarah Browne from South Eastern Trust based in Lisburn Health Centre won the Adult Services Individual Award.

Trust Launches Recovery and Wellbeing College

The South Eastern HSC Trust (SET) will be hosting information evenings to celebrate the launch of their Recovery and Wellbeing College this month. The Information Evenings will take place in Bangor, Ballywalter, Downpatrick and Lisburn.

Trust Teams are Finalists in NI Healthcare Awards

The Downe Hospital Cataract Team & the Tissue Viability Team in Hillsborough Health Centre were finalists in the Northern Ireland Healthcare Review Awards 2015. The Downe Cataract Team were in the Innovations in Ophthalmology Award category and The Trust Viability Team in the Innovative Developments in Elderly Skincare Management award category. The 16th Annual NI Healthcare Awards are the Province’s most prestigious award ceremony which showcases the success and accomplishments of healthcare professionals throughout Northern Ireland.

Trust Midwives Win at Annual Midwifery Awards

Jackie McClean and Zoe Meneilly, midwives in the Ulster Hospital won prestigious awards at the RCM (Royal College of Midwives) Annual Midwifery Awards which was held on the 3rd March 2015 at the Brewery in London.

Free BT Wi-fi for Trust Users

The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust has implemented free ‘BT Wi-fi’ across all hospitals and Trust facilities in the South Eastern area, in collaboration with the BT Voice and Data Communication Partnership. The Trust is the first health & social care organisation in Northern Ireland to provide this service which provides huge benefits to patients, service users, staff and visitors to Trust facilities.

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. Survival rates are higher the earlier the cancer is diagnosed and women with early stage Ovarian Cancer have survival rates in excess of 70%. Survival from Ovarian Cancer has almost doubled over the past 30 years.

I'm Proud to be a Quitter

No Smoking Day takes place on the 11 March 2015. This year the theme is “I’m Proud to be a Quitter” with quitters telling their story of their quit attempts.

Ian Sutherland, Director of Children’s Services & Executive Director of Social Work has left the Trust after four years’ service to take up a post with Medway Council in Kent as Deputy Director Of Adult & Children's Social Care Services.

The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) is inviting service users, members of the public and other stakeholders to comment on the potential impact of the introduction of Self Directed Support on the Section 75 groups particularly focusing on Age (older and younger people), Disability, and Dependants (Carers).

Trust Represented at Careers Convention

Young people from local schools in the Lisburn area gathered at Lagan Valley Leisureplex on Wednesday 4th February for the annual Careers Convention organised by the Lisburn Business Education Partnership. Over 50 exhibitors from industry, further education colleges, universities and training organisations were on hand to talk to over 1200 of the city’s teenagers about their future options.

Can you provide care for a young child until they return to their parents?

GP Out of Hours Service Delays

The GP Out of Hours Service in the South Eastern area is anticipating delays in responding to calls in the coming weeks due to the high increase in the volume of calls being received.

Fostering Information Sessions

If you or someone you know is considering fostering, come along to the South Eastern Trust’s information sessions running across various Trust locations.

Trust Midwife takes home NI Midwife of the Year Award

Jackie McClean, Midwife in the Ulster Hospital has won the prestigious JOHNSON’S® Baby Mums’ Midwife of the Year Award 2015 for Northern Ireland, part of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards.

McCraken Memorial Drama Society Support Friends of Ward 15

McCraken Memorial Drama Society are presenting “The Mating Season”, a 2 act play by Sam Cree in the Dowling Hall, McCracken Memorial Church, Malone Road, Belfast (between House of Sport & Balmoral Avenue) on Thursday 5th March at 7.30pm.

All proceeds on the night are going to The Friends Of Ward 15.

Let's Create a Better Internet Together!

Protecting children and young people online is a worldwide challenge. Until their understanding and instincts catch up with their curiosity, our children and young people need to be protected from everyday dangers – whether crossing the road, trying new foods or meeting new people and sooner or later … going online!

What is Recovery?

What is Recovery?

The Trust Recovery and Wellbeing College was launched in March 2015 and is the fifth college of its kind developed in Northern Ireland.

It builds on the national drive to create a society where people with mental health difficulties have access to the same opportunities in life as everyone else.

Binge eating is a very common problem and can cause great distress both physically and emotionally to the individual. A person who binge eats would say they have an unhealthy relationship with food and are very often unsure of why they binge, despite their motivation to stop.

The Real Story

The Real Story

A new training and resource pack on the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and sexual health was recently launched at an event at The Link in Newtownards.

‘The Real Story’ provides topics and short films to help encourage young people aged 13 and above to discuss issues around sexual exploitation and sexual health and make informed judgements for themselves.

Supported Living for Young People in Downpatrick

English Street, Downpatrick provides supported accommodation for young people aged between 16 and 21 years, who are making the transition through the care system or who have experienced homelessness. Two similar facilities, in Bangor and Lisburn, are planned to open in the next eighteen months.

The Moderator's Visit to Lagan Valley Hospital

On Monday 2 January 2015, the South Eastern Trust was honoured with a visit from, The Moderator of The General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Ireland, The Right Rev Dr Michael Barry. He was accompanied by his wife Esther and Rev Jack Richardson, Presbyterian chaplain in Lagan Valley Hospital and his wife Sally. He was welcomed to The Trust by Rev Don Gamble Lead Chaplain and Mr Jeff Thompson Assistant Director of Patient Experience. As a Hospital Chaplain in Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital, The Moderator was only too aware of the pressures on hospital staff and services in these challenging times and encouraged our Hospital Chaplains in their work of caring for patients, relatives and staff, over an informal cup of coffee. The Moderator’s wife Esther drew on her experiences as a Nurse in Newry Hospice in conversation with The Chaplains.

Youth@Work Visit GRAHAM Bam

As the extensive Phase B Redevelopment Project at the Ulster Hospital progresses, there is broad scope for work placements in trade areas, including: Plumbing, Joinery, Electrical.

South Eastern Trust Achieves Excellence Award

Further to the EFQM site visit in November 2014, the Trust has been awarded the EFQM Recognised for Excellence 4 Star Level of Recognition. This is a prestigious achievement in which the Trust has significantly improved its score compared with the 2011 outcome.

The Trust has launched a consultation on the future provision of intermediate care across North Down and Ards.

Trust Hosts Regional Maternity Conference

A Multi-disciplinary Regional Maternity Conference was recently held in the Ulster Hospital promoting normality in childbirth and considering 21st Century issues such as surrogacy, trafficking and lifestyle whilst addressing the challenges of collaborative working. Speakers came from the Czech Republic and Germany along with leading experts from Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom with delegates attending from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

New Video Launched to promote Cervical Cancer Screening

The European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week takes place on 25-31 January 2015 and the Public Health Agency (PHA) have produced a new video that shows women what to expect when they attend for a smear test.

ImROC Latest Courses

All of the courses and workshops are co-written and run by mental health workers and trainers who have experienced mental health difficulties. Courses and workshops are open to people with mental health difficulties, supporters and staff in order for us to learn together. Participants are treated as equals and have an active role in the life of the college.

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. Sessions were held in the North Down and Ards areas last year and they proved to be extremely successful.

Domestic Violence Awareness Raising

On Friday 6th March 2015 from 10am – 1pm in Laganview Conference Centre, Lagan Valley Hospital the Training & Development subgroup of the South Eastern Domestic Violence Partnership is holding an awareness raising 1/2 day.

Community Meals Statement

The Trust has recently tendered its community meals service and has taken the decision to switch to a frozen meals service. This means that instead of a daily delivery of a cooked chilled meal, clients will receive a fortnightly delivery of 14 frozen meals which will be stored in a freezer.

Share Aware: Help Your Child Stay Safe On Social Networks

We tell our children to share but online it's different. In fact sometimes sharing online can be dangerous. That's why we're asking parents to be Share Aware and keep children safe online.

CAUSE Carers Course

CAUSE Carers Course

A course which is available to Carers of people with a serious mental illness is to be held in Downpatrick starting 21 Febraury 2015. The course will consist of six short lively modular workshops with interactive discussions explaining the fundamentals you need as a carer of someone with a serious mental illness.

Latest ImROC Courses

Two ImROC courses have been added, "Sharing Hope, Control & Opportunity for Recovery" and "Coaching for Recovery."

All of the courses and workshops are co-written and run by mental health workers and trainers who have experienced mental health difficulties. Courses and workshops are open to people with mental health difficulties, supporters and staff to allow everyone to learn together. Participants are treated as equals and have an active role in the life of the college.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

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. Overall, two out of every 100 cancers diagnosed in women are Cervical Cancers. Survival is around 78% five years after diagnosis.

Pre-Pregnancy Planning For Women With Diabetes

Do you have diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 or have had diabetes during a previous pregnancy) and are thinking about having a baby?


An information evening where there will be an opportunity to hear about the work undertaken by Cancer Research UK

Emergency Pressures & Surgery Update

The Trust is continuing to perform urgent, cancer and emergency surgery across the Ulster, Downe, Lagan Valley and Ards sites, and day procedures are also going ahead as usual.

CUP (Carers, Users and Providers) for Mental Health Review Workshop

This CUP Workshop will take place on Wednesday 21st January 2015, 9am-1pm in Oakley Room, Downshire Hospital.

The aims of the workshop include reviewing the role of CUP, clarifying what the expectations of CUP members are and defining the membership of CUP.

'Talking to your Children about Tough Issues' is a Workshop which will take place on 29 January 2015 at the Ballymote Centre. All South Eastern Trust Staff and Down District Council are welcome.

Do you drive a Trust Vehicle or use your own car for Trust Business? If you have any questions or want advice then please attend our Transport Department Open Days.

Lakewood and NIACRO Garden Mural Project

Lakewood Secure Care Children’s Home, based in Bangor, accommodates up to 16 young people from across Northern Ireland. NIACRO’s Independent Representation (IR) Scheme, which works with the young people staying at the home, was involved in a large scale mural design and painting project during August of this year.

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