2016 News and Events


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The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) together with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, GPs, Pharmacists and Dentists, have been working to ensure that people have access to urgent care services over the Christmas and the New Year holiday period.

Carly Hall from Lisburn recently donated a CuddleCot to the Ulster Hospital Maternity Unit in memory of her daughter Phoebe-Anne. The CuddleCot is a cooling device which is placed in the bassinet and allows babies to stay in the room with their parents that little bit longer.

Linda Whittaker, Senior Staff Nurse in the Emergency Department, Lagan Valley Hospital is retiring from the Trust today after 42 years of service, 31 of which have been within the Emergency Department.

The Trust has become the first public sector organisation in Northern Ireland to achieve Freight Transport Association (FTA) Van Excellence operator accreditation.

Bangor Football Club, Castle Juniors Football Club & members of the Bangor Football Academy recently visited the Ulster Hospital to present children with Christmas gifts as part of the Bangor FC Christmas Appeal

The service users of Ardarragh Resource Centre in Downpatrick were recently entertained by Crossgar singer Mark McMullan (standing centre) before their annual Christmas dinner.

Newtownards man Philip Blake has been raising money for charity over 15 years and for the past four years he has been collecting DVD players, toys and sweets for the Ulster Hospital Children's Ward.

A Neonatal Midwife has kindly donated beautiful handcrafted Christmas stockings and dolls for the babies staying in the unit over Christmas.


Sarah Browne, Assistant Director Older People's Services is retiring from the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust after 38 years service in Health & Social Care.

Craig Ward at Ulster Hospital has received a very generous donation of toys from Pupils at St Patrick's Primary School Holywood. The school children donated a range of toys to the play department for patients to use while in hospital.

The annual visit of Santa to the Craig Ward in the Ulster Hospital was made possible and supported by the staff and contractors of GRAHAM Bam Healthcare Partnership (GBHP).

We would like to ask that visitors to our hospitals are restricted to 1 or 2 per bed, during the current Norovirus outbreak, which is affecting hospitals across Northern Ireland.

The Belfast Giants visited the Children’s Wards in the Ulster Hospital recently to deliver Teddy Bears donated by their fans at their annual ‘Teddy Toss’.

The Mayor, Cllr Brian Bloomfield, MBE and Mayoress, Rosalind Bloomfield of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council recently visited the Children's Unit at the Ulster Hospital with Santa to deliver gifts to all the children.

The Ulster Hospital’s Emergency Department have introduced a fun and exciting activity pack for children aged approx. 5-10 yrs.

Stress Control sessions will commence in the Downpatrick area on 9 January 2017.

Members of the Social Work Executive met to acknowledge Sarah Browne's leadership and commitment to the social work profession within the Trust.

The Marcus and Amanda Memorial Fund recently donated 'Cuddle Cots' to the Ulster Hospital Maternity Unit. The Cuddle Cot is a cooling device placed in the bassinet which allows babies to stay in the room with their parents that little bit longer.

As a result of feedback from service users and staff, the Trust will be releasing a telephone number to identify external calls made from South Eastern Trust facilities.

A new staff Corporate Gym membership package is available at the Stormont Sports Pavillion for South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust Staff.

As ever our Emergency Department Staff are thinking of others this Christmas time.

Step Up Step Down is a five year project in Northern Ireland working with foster carers to provide early intervention for families on the edge of care.

The new Shopmobility service is now in operation at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.

The Annual 'Christmas Bike Run' organised by the Ancestors Motorcycle Club recently visited the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.

The Stop Smoking Team will be offering FREE Carbon Monoxide testing for staff in December. This is a quick check, which involves breathing into a monitor which will measure the amount of Carbon Monoxide being exhaled and will give an immediate result.

A ‘Rummage Trolley’ for patients with dementia has recently been introduced within the Emergency Department in the Ulster Hospital.

On Thursday 17 November 2016 the Ulster Hospital Neonatal staff supported World Prematurity Day by hosting an information stand outside the Oasis restaurant, Ulster Hospital in partnership with Tiny Life.

Paeds in a Pod at the Ulster Hospital were recently presented with a cheque for £7600 from the Olivia Cullen Memorial Fund.

The Sexual Health Service within the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust continues to expand to meet rising levels of new sexually transmitted infections (STIs), particularly Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis and HIV. Coupled with public demand for screening, increases in STIs are put increasing pressure on Northern Ireland’s existing Genito-Urinary Medicine (sexual health) clinics.

Norovirus is a very infectious vomiting and diarrhoea bug which is circulating across Northern Ireland at present. Symptoms are self-limiting and generally last for 24-48 hours.

A very successful men’s health event took place recently in Parliament Buildings, co –hosted between the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust Men’s Health Forum and the Belfast Trust Men’s Health Worker. This is the first time the two Trusts have worked in partnership to run an event to mark ‘International Men’s Day’.

Please note revised timings for Dunlady Park & Ride Staff Shuttle Bus service to Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.

The Trust is currently recruiting Volunteer Befrienders for our Caring Communities Safe & Well Service in the North Down & Ards area.

A very successful men’s health event took place recently in Parliament Buildings, co –hosted between the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust Men’s Health Forum and the Belfast Trust Men’s Health Worker. This is the first time the two Trusts have worked in partnership to run an event to mark ‘International Men’s Day’.

Congratulations to Jayne McCullough who is a winner in the 2016 NI Social Work Awards Learning & Development category.

Two of the Social Enterprises which form part of The Resurgam Trust are delighted to be working with the Alcohol and You Programme in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, the Connections Team, and the Public Health Agency as part of Alcohol Awareness Week to promote sensible drinking messages

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust will be supporting World Prematurity Day today,17 November 2016. World Prematurity Day is a global movement to raise awareness of premature birth and the impact it can have on families. The focus of the campaign this year is the need for high quality, family centred care for all premature babies.

People across the South Eastern Trust area are being urged to be more aware of the early signs and symptoms of Lung Cancer. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and an information stand has been set up by the Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists in the foyer of the Ulster Hospital to highlight signs and symptoms of Lung Cancer.

To mark Worldwide Stop Pressure Ulcer Day, the staff in Ward 12 Ulster Hospital in Dundonald, Northern Ireland have celebrated 1000 days free from pressure ulcers. This is a fabulous achievement and congratulations are extended to everyone involved.

Fold Housing Association has officially launched a new accommodation complex in Lisburn which provides nine self-contained flats for vulnerable young people who are leaving care services or presenting as homeless to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

International Fraud Awareness Week, coordinated by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), brings together businesses from across the globe and from all sectors of commerce including aviation, retail, finance, telecommunications and health care.

The NISCC Regional Social Work Awards will take place on Friday 18 November 2016.

On Thursday 10 November 2016 the Ulster Hospital Laboratory held an open day for South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust staff.

To mark Alcohol Awareness Week, Alcohol and You would like to challenge you by asking, "Do You Know your Units: Don't Speculate Calculate" at www.alcoholandyouni.com/audit .


The Trust has launched a new programme 'Getting Ready for Baby' in Lagan Valley Midwifery Led Unit.

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

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.

You are invited to come along and meet our Health Development Team at one of their 'Take 5' information stands next week.

Could you foster a child with a disability? Come along to ‘Fostering Children with a Disability’ information session and family fun day!

‘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 previously held have proved to be extremely successful.

The Stop Smoking Team are continuing to promote Smokefree Trust Premises and recently provided SET vehicles with air fresheners to remind staff and service users of the policy which was introduced in March last year.

The Trust has been working in partnership recently with local primary schools to trial “The Daily Mile” initiative, which is designed to encourage children to take part in a 15 minute walk or run with their teacher each day with each child working to their own ability level.

The Family Nurse Partnership Programme within the Trust recently celebrated its first anniversary at an event in Laganview Enterprise Centre in Lisburn.

Staying active with exercise in pregnancy will boost not only a woman’s health but that of her baby. If you don’t normally exercise regularly this is a good time to start!

The dedicated volunteers of the Ex-Patients Guild at Lagan Valley Hospital recently funded the purchase of an R Test Cardiac Monitor for the patients of the Cardiac Investigations Unit.

Foster carers and social workers in the fostering service attended joint training in Ballynahinch on the ‘The Impact of Domestic Violence and Abuse on Children & Young People’.

The Palliative Care Team, Lagan Valley Hospital held a Pretty ‘N’ Pink day on Tuesday 25 October 2016. Everyone was encouraged to wear something pink and make a donation to the Pretty ‘N’ Pink Breast Cancer Charity (Northern Ireland’s only registered Breast Cancer Charity).

The final night out of 5 training evenings for 12 Foster Carers in the Trust took place last night in Ballynahinch.

Rural Lisburn recently celebrated The International Day of Older People with almost 60 attending an event arranged in Maghaberry Community Centre to celebrate their contribution to society.

Richard & Siobhan Cadwallader recently donated £3072.08 to the Forget Me Not Bereaved Parent Liaison Group at the Ulster Hospital in memory of their daughter Isabella.

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust Keeping Safe Initiative along with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust held a joint presentation ceremony recently in Belfast City Hall to award certificates to newly qualified trainers.

Volunteer Befriending Week 1-7 November supports older people who are socially isolated by providing a volunteer befriender to visit them in their home on a regular basis to provide company and have a chat.

A kind gesture, which Jean never forgot, inspired her to become a Volunteer Befriender.

The Downe Hospital Dementia Team have been named Health and Social Care Organisation of the Year at the Dementia Friendly Awards run by the Alzheimer’s Society honouring organisations and individuals who improve their community for people with dementia.

Brien Frazer has been appointed Staff Health and Well Being Coordinator. He is responsible for developing, coordinating and delivering a range of free health and welbeing initiatives for staff, initially on the Ulster Hospital site.

Alcohol and You in partnership with Smoke Free Wombs have launched The Maternity Brief Advice Toolkit.

The Palliative Care Team at Lagan Valley Hospital recently hosted a coffee morning to raise funds for the MacMillan 'Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning' appeal.

It looks like everyone had a great time and enjoyed some very tasty treats!

Well done to all involved.


Peninsula Healthy Living recently launched their Green Gym in Kircubbin Community Centre.

‘Break the silence, reach for help’ is an initiative highlighting the support that is available for family members who are affected by a loved one’s drinking and/or drug misuse and encourage them to get help in their own right.

Bayview Resource Centre in Bangor was recently presented with the Best Kept Daycare Award for the Butterfly Suite Garden at the 2016 Open & Direct Best Kept Health & Social Care Awards.

The Trust has produced a short video which gives a snapshot of this year's Annual Report 2015/16.

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

Every year on the 10th October we join together in shinning the spot light on a particular aspect of Mental Health.

Please check our calendar of events to see what is happening in your area.

Come along and support our Palliative Care Team in Ards Hospital at their coffee morning this Friday, raising funds for the Palliative Care Unit Ards and Cancer Focus NI.

Thirteen primary schools across Lisburn have introduced a new programme aimed at helping children improve their language and communication skills. Talk Boost supports language delayed children aged four - seven years, helping them to make progress with their language and communication skills.

Staff who attend the Flu Vaccination Clinics will be entered into a draw to win some fabulous prizes.


Celebrations to mark The International Day of Older Persons are set to take place around the South Eastern Trust area. The United Nations has designated 1 October 2016 as The International Day of Older Persons in order to recognise the important contributions that older people make to our world, while raising awareness towards issues of ageing.

As a result of the feedback received and following discussions with Directorates, the Trust is pleased to announce revised timings of the FREE parking and shuttle bus service for our Ulster Hospital staff.

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 12 October 2016 at 7.30pm in the Recreation Hall, Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.

Members of the Pritchitts Care Committee donated £1000 to The MacDermott Chemotheraphy Unit after first fundraising campaign.

Following the implementation of The Smoke Free Policy the Smoking Cessation Team would like to assist with staff knowledge and are offering Tobacco Cessation in Clinical Practice Training.

As part of our ongoing commitment to ease congestion on the Ulster Hospital site and provide alternatives to our staff.  We are delighted to announce that a “Free” staff shuttle bus service will commence on Monday 3 October 2016 for a period of approx. 2 years.

Reminder: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training

Steps To Cope


Steps To Cope is a confidential structured support service for young people aged 11 - 18 who are dealing with parental alcohol or drug misuse.

Staff Smoke Free Journey's

A fun, free game for the communities of Northern Ireland to see how far you can walk, cycle and run around your area and into space. Beat the Street will be played across the Greater Metropolitan area of Belfast, including Lisburn, Castlereagh, Holywood and Newtownabbey.

To mark the start of Organ Donation Week today, we would like to share the Kennedy family’s story about their experiences in donating their son Jordan’s organs after he passed away at the age of 22. We would like to thank Jordan’s family for being so open and sharing their story.

To mark Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2016 there are a series of events taking place in Newcastle, Co.Down. Please see flyer attached for details  

(Please note there has been a change of venue for the Interdenominational Church Service on Sunday 11 September).

The Ulster Hospital Travel Plan has been launched at an event held in the Innovation Centre. Car parking at the Ulster Hospital has become a major problem, and we need the help of all staff in resolving this. Every possible car parking space on the Ulster Hospital site is in use, yet we still have a long list of staff waiting to be allocated a space.

The Autumn prospectus for the Recovery College is now available.

Taking part in physical activity during and after cancer treatment can make a big difference to a person's clinical outcomes and quality of life. That's why Macmillan has a scheme in Ards and North Down called 'Move More' to help people get and stay active at a level that suits them.

The Trust is supporting National Organ Donation Week, starting from 5 September – 11 September 2016. The theme this year is “Turn an End into a Beginning.” The campaign will be focusing on encouraging individuals to sign the Organ Donor Register and to discuss their decision about organ donation with those closest to them.

Teddies for Loving Care - TLC Ireland and Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association Ireland recently attended the Ulster Hospital Emergency Department to mark the donation of the 100,000th ‘TLC’ Teddy Bear’.

Congratulations to Jill Holland, Staff Nurse, Maynard Sinclair Ward, Ulster Hospital on being shortlisted in the Nursing Times Awards in Patient Safety Category for her project 'Improving Safety through the Bedside Handover'.

Stress Control classes take place in Lisburn & Newcastle in September. Further details on the posters below.

The launch of the Ulster Hospital Travel Plan will take place on 25 August 2016 from 10.00am - 3.00pm in QIIC Centre, Trust HQ, Ulster Hospital.

The Physiotherapy Department in the Downe Hospital would like to thank all those who participated at the recent “Workout at Work day” with over 46 staff members taking an active part in various events throughout the day.

These events are for anyone who is interested in finding out more about the Recovery College, what the College has to offer and how to get involved.

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After a very rigorous recruitment and selection process thirteen Health Care Assistants from across the Trust are about to start the Pre-Registration Open University Nursing Degree.

Continuing our “Smoke Free Journey” Stories, we have caught up with another member of staff (who wishes to remain anonymous), to hear what it is like in the early stages of quitting. Their story shows good improvement in a short space of time and highlights the great work of our smoking cessation team.

A programme in the South Eastern Trust area designed to provide support for those living or caring for someone with Dementia.

Smoke Free HSC


Smoking is now prohibited in all Trust buildings, grounds and car parks across hospital and community sites. The Smokefree initiative is welcomed by the South Eastern Trust, and a recent survey has shown that it also has the overwhelming support of our staff, service users and visitors.

Enabling works to clear the footprint of the site for the new Lisburn Primary and Community Care Centre (PCCC) will commence on the Lagan Valley Hospital site on Monday 15 August 2016.

Work Out at Work Day will take place on Tuesday 16 August in the Foyer, Downe Hospital. The day has been organised by the physiotherapy team as part of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s nationwide campaign

The Caring Communtities, Safe and Well team are recruiting Volunteer Befrienders in the Lisburn, Down, North Down and Ards areas. If you have some time to spare and would like to find out more about this oppertunity please click on the link below.

It’s been 5 months now since the Trust launched its ‘Smoke Free’ policy. Staff members were given the opportunity to avail of our excellent Smoking Cessation Service before the launch date and we have caught up with a few members of staff to see how things have changed for them. We will be featuring a different people over the next few months, today we are featuring Stephanie’s story.

Congratulations to the 18 successful social workers from the South Eastern Trust who achieved their Professional in Practice Social Work Awards from the Northern Ireland Social Care Council.

Voices 4 Care


Your opportunity to make a difference in palliative care – Voices4Care

North Down and Ards Doctors on Call (NDADOC) recently celebrated its twentieth birthday. NDADOC is part of the South Eastern Trust GP Out of Hours Service, which also covers patients within Lisburn and Downpatrick areas.

Graham Bam Raise Money for Kiwoko Hospital and the Paediatric Unit

Throughout the last three years Graham Bam Healthcare Partnership (GBHP), Contractor for the Ulster Hospital Phase B Redevelopment Project, has continued to raise money for good causes.

World Hepatitis Day 2016

World Hepatitis Day is on Thursday 28 July and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people who think they may be at risk from hepatitis B or C infection to get tested.

Service Users from Ardarragh Resource Centre had a very successful day in the Home Industries Section at Saintfield Show recently held at Balmoral Park.

Celebration of Excellence in Occupational Therapy 2016 Awards

Congratulations to Paul Devlin for receiving an Award of Merit from the College of Occupational Therapy.

Medical Registrar-Ready Course

The medical registrar’s role is key to maintaining patient safety out of hours but registrars can find patient placement, patient flow, coordination and leadership of the hospital highly stressful and difficult. NIMDTA and the School of Medicine, in conjunction with staff from the SE Trust, piloted an innovative Medical Registrar-Ready course on 24th June in the Ulster Hospital involving simulation sessions and workshops from patient flow, hospital at night, infection control and ED.

Step Challenge


Knowing how many steps we take each day is one way to measure how active we really are. By building up the number of steps we take, we can all increase our physical activity without having to try too hard.

A new guide was launched recently, co-produced with the community and voluntary sector, will enable health and social care staff to communicate more effectively with people who are disabled or have a communication support need.

Massive congratulations to our Human Resources Department on winning the HPMA HR National Team of the Year Award at a ceremony in London recently.

Mr Colm McKenna, Chairman of the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust recently hosted an evening event in La Mon Hotel to say thank you to volunteers working within its hospital and community facilities.

Health-E-Living Newsletter Summer 2016

To access the Health-e-living Newsletter, please click here.

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with a number of primary schools have been piloting locally the “Daily Mile” Initiative. This programme encourages children to take part in a 15 minute walk or run with their teacher every day.

Getting the right help at the right time is essential for people who develop problems with alcohol and drugs. Not only does it affect the person it also affects their families. The Newry Mourne & Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) along with the Health Development Team in the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust recently launched the ‘Guide to Alcohol & Drug Services’ in the area, which coincides with the NI Alcohol Awareness Week.

Children and parents from SureStart’s Rhythm Rhyme & Story Time group took part in this year’s Rhyme Challenge.

Congratulations to Margaret Moorehead, Assistant Director Allied Health Professions, Liz Brown, Paediatric Nurse and Ann Scott, Former Nurse Manager Mental Health in being awarded MBE's in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours.

A special torch aimed at promoting hand hygiene is on tour around parts of Europe, the UK and Ireland (from 5th May – 26 th September 2016) and it recently arrived in the Trust.

There’s a date that all men need to know - as it could make a huge impact upon their health. This date is Monday 13th - Sunday 19th June 2016, also known as International Men’s Health Week (or, to some, the first week of the long awaited Euro 2016 Championship). To help local men etch this date into their minds, National Soccer Squad Managers, Michael O’Neill and Martin O’Neill, are featuring in an island-wide poster campaign to launch Men’s Health Week and raise awareness of men’s health needs. This has certainly worked because, just like the matches in France, all the Men’s Health Week resources that were produced are already sold out!

This is our third newsletter from the Sensory Support Team in the South Eastern HSC Trust. The aim is to keep you up-to-date with what is going on in your local area and with the team.


To access the newsletter, please click here.

As the lead agency for the development and promotion of children’s Play and School Age Childcare in Northern Ireland, PlayBoard periodically gather research on the ‘State of the Sector’. PlayBoard NI would like to invite you to be part of the 2016 State of the Sector (School Age Childcare) survey that they are carrying out with all School Age Childcare providers across the province.

Good car parking provision for patients, visitors and staff is an important part of the experience of using the health service. Inappropriate use and the lack of availability of car parking spaces can make a visit to a health service facility even more stressful for patients.

Anne Snoddy, Emergency Nurse Practitioner in the Ulster Hospital has played in the Irish Masters Women’s over 50s hockey team for the past two years. The team is selected from all four Provinces and training sessions are held regularly in Dublin.

Every year Trust staff, their families and friends put on a pantomime to raise money for charity. Last January four performances of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ raised a total of £2,400 for two charities with local links.

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 13th June until Sunday 19th June 2016. The theme for this year is ‘Men United – for Health and Wellbeing’.

A Multi-Sensory Room in Glenmore Cottage, Children's Unit in Lisburn has been officially opened by Brendan Whittle, Director of Children's Services.

Newcroft Lodge Care Home Residents Enjoy Gardening

Residents of Newcroft Lodge Care Home in Holywood are taking advantage of the good weather by planting vegetables in their garden.

The Trust has developed an Addendum to its Corporate Plan, as advised by the Department of Health to ensure alignment with the new Programme for Government.

The Trust in partnership with Action Cancer are offering Free Men’s Health Checks in the Newtownards area. The Health Check Team will be located at Ards leisure centre on Tuesday 28 June 2016 between 11am – 7pm.

To make an appointment please contact Jackie on 028 91822632 or 07525897179.

The MacDermott Unit is an outpatient unit providing systemic anti-cancer treatment for patients from the age of 18 years. The unit works in partnership with The Willow Foundation, a registered charity that provides a “Special Day” for patients from the ages of 16-40 years. They provide a “Special Day” to give them something to look forward to. This can help when treatment is tough and gives them something to aim towards and strive for.

“There will be no child in my house ever given up on” – Glen Mahon, foster carer.

This steadfast determination to care is one of the reasons why Glen and Regina Mohan from Downpatrick, County Down, who have been fostering for 15 years, have been awarded The Fostering Network in Northern Ireland’s 2016 Foster Carer of the Year Award, sponsored by The Hilton, on Friday 20 May at the Hilton Hotel, Belfast.

Patricia Lavery, Artist in Residence from the Mater Hospital visited the Paediatric wards in the Ulster Hospital recently and spent time with the children to produce some creative pieces of artwork.

Midwives from Lagan Valley Midwifery Led Unit had their own stand at this year’s Balmoral Show.

"Daringly Disabled"


“Daringly Disabled” is a humorous account of the adventures and experiences of Sheila Taylor

Congratulations to Janet Taylor, Public Health Nurse who was awarded ‘Public Health Nurse of the Year’ at the recent Community Practitioners & Health Visitors Association Awards and to Angela McConvey, School Health Co-ordinator who was runner up in the ‘School Nurse of the Year’ category.

“Today, on International Nurses Day we would like to thank all our Nursing staff across the Trust for the fantastic work you do every day."

Dying Matters Awareness Week

Dying Matters Awareness Week runs from May 9-15, with events across the country. There will also be daily Twitter chats throughout the week from 1-2pm, using the hashtag #BigConversation. For more information, please visit the Dying Matters website.

The “Paeds in a Pod” group are delighted to announce the official opening of the Quiet Room located adjacent to Maynard Sinclair Children’s Ward.

A familiar landmark at the Ulster Hospital, known as the ‘Tulip’ is being demolished. The ‘Tulip’, a vast cold water storage tank, is now over 50 years old and was initially installed in the early 1960’s as an essential part of the mechanical infrastructure for the hospital. It was the very first structure to appear on the green field site, and for some months was the only sign of the new hospital.

Myra Weir has been appointed to the role of Director of Human Resources & Corporate Affairs

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.

DOWN SureStart launches its new website on 09 May in response to a recent Parent in Partnership focus group in DOWN SureStart, where parents expressed the need for a web resource.

Information sessions will be held for Phillipines & European Nursing Recruitment.

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with Aurora, Northern Community Leisure Trust have launched a new pilot project for children with coordination difficulties, including challenges with balance, core stability, postural stability, sequencing and planning and the organisation of their movements.

The Trust is holding Nurse Job Interviews during the Queens University Jobs Fair, on Wednesday 4 May 2016, 9.30am-12noon in the Whitla Hall.

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with St Mary’s Primary School, Killyleagh has introduced a new health and wellbeing activity for primary school children.

We are delighted to have one of our images shortlisted in the RCN Care on Camera People's Awards celebrating the RCN 100 Year Centenary. The photograph will also be added to the RCN archive and will be part of the touring exhibition that will be shared with organisations across the United Kingdom.

In Northern Ireland, one in every 4 people smoke, and approximately 2,300 die from smoking related illnesses each year. Most people are now aware of the harmful effects of smoking on their own health. Research continues to emerge, that breathing in other people’s smoke, “second-hand smoke” can have the same detrimental effect as smoking. This has huge implications for family members. Children exposed to cigarette smoke are at greater risk of cot death, pneumonia, bronchiolitis, glue ear and asthma. Even pets living in smoky environments are more likely to suffer various cancers as well as asthma and skin allergies.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

During the month of April the Colorectal Nursing Team will be raising awareness of bowel cancer in conjunction with Bowel Cancer UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Launch of Smoke Free Homes will take place on 21 April from 10am-3pm in Dairy Farm Shopping Centre, Belfast

The Service Users of Ardarragh Resource Centre participated in a most enjoyable Easter Flower Arranging Workshop.

Entries for the NI Social Work Awards 2016 are now open.

MP Visits Pioneering Broken Bones Service

MP Jim Shannon has visited Lagan Valley Hospital in Lisburn to see the work being done to help people suffering from the fragile bone disease, Osteoporosis. Mr Shannon recently attended a National Osteoporosis Society reception at Westminster and has pledged to raise issues for local people affected by the debilitating condition in the House of Commons.

Lagan Valley Midwifery Unit Celebrate 1000th Birth

Lagan Valley’s Midwifery Led Unit are delighted to reach the milestone of the birth of their 1000th baby! Julie Bell from Lisburn gave birth to daughter Eva who weighed in at 8lb 3oz in the unit.

Information below regarding the Translink bus route to Stormont Estate & the Ulster Hospital.

To plan your journey online, click here.

Emergency Fostering Scheme

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust are seeking to recruit professional foster carers for their Emergency Fostering Scheme. The scheme provides care for children/young people, aged from birth – 18 years, who require a foster home in an emergency.

Free six week sessions starting in Newtownards on 13 April 2016 and in Bangor on 14 April 2016

Health Minister Visits Ards Training & Resource Centre

Health Minister, Simon Hamilton MLA visited Ards Training & Resource Centre today to meet with staff and service users and to view the facilities.

An Easter Display & Sale of Works created by Service Users will take place on 24 March 2016 at 10am in Finneston House, Downpatrick

World Social Work Day‬ was a great opportunity to celebrate Social Workers engaging in Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) new Professional in Practice framework to recognise continuous professional development.

The Trust is delighted on World Social Work Day to welcome provider organisations to launch the Self Directed Support Provider Toolkit.

Young people, residential and education staff from Lakewood Regional Secure Care Unit recently held a fundraising event as part of National Care Day.

Views Sought on Autism and Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Public Health Agency (PHA) want to hear about your experiences to help shape how care is delivered in Northern Ireland.

10,000 Voices is a PHA initiative which gives people an opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences of accessing Health and Social Care services by asking for members of the public to ‘tell us their story’.

Trust Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Ex-Patients Guild

Mr Colm McKenna, Chairman of the Trust hosted an afternoon tea party recently to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Ex-Patients Guild, Lagan Valley Hospital.

Ardarragh Hot Shots are Boccia Champions

In a closely fought tournament, ‘Ardarragh Hotshots’ from Ardarragh Day Centre, Downpatrick, battled teams from Armagh, Craigavon, North Down & Ards, Lisburn and Belfast on 09 February 2016 at Lisburn Leisureplex.

Sock it to Lymphoedema Campaign

The week beginning the 6th March 2016 is Lymphoedema Awareness Week. The Lymphoedema Service Team in the Trust are wearing odd socks to 'Sock it to Lymphoedema!'

Be Ovarian Cancer Aware

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and in Northern Ireland there were an average of 158 people diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer between 2009-2013 and 119 deaths. Ovarian Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women and is strongly related to age with almost 85% occurring in women over the age of 50.

Ulster Hospital Maternity Staff Support Smoke Free Trust

Maternity staff are pictured supporting the Trust becoming smoke free on 9th March.

Almost 4000 Teddy Bears Donated to Emergency Departments by TLC

Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) have donated almost 4,000 teddy bears to the Emergency Departments in the Ulster, Lagan Valley & Downe hospitals for staff to give to children or patients at their discretion. Giving a teddy bear to anyone who is distressed while in hospital will enable the medical staff to carry on with their vital work and help children and families have a more comforting experience.

Successful Open Day at Lagan Valley Midwife Led Unit

Lagan Valley Midwife Led Unit held a very successful open day recently to celebrate it’s 5th birthday with over 100 people attending to view the unit where midwives showcased the services provided within it including Active Birth workshops, Hypnobirthing, Reflexology and Breastfeeding workshops.

John's Campaign

John's Campaign

Downe Dementia Ward has joined “John’s Campaign,” to promote flexible visiting times for Dementia patients.

Minister Views Progress in New Ward Block

The Trust welcomed the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Simon Hamilton, MLA, today to view the progress on the Ulster Hospital Phase B Redevelopment project. The new Inpatient Ward Block is scheduled to open to patients in Spring 2017 and will replace the existing Main Ward Block.

William Street Children's Home Celebrates 20th Birthday

As of 19th February, William Street Children’s Home has been open for 20 years. This coincided with VOYPIC's (Voices of Young People In Care) Care Day which promotes care and celebrates children and young people in care.

Ministers Dr Stephen Farry MLA and Simon Hamilton MLA have officially launched a new supported employment service for people with a learning disability in Newtownards.

HSC Regional Adoption and Fostering Service is appealing to ordinary people who have the time and space in their lives to take a leap and find out more about fostering for their local Health and Social Care Trust on Leap Day, Monday 29th February 2016.

Ministers Visit New Supported Living Scheme

Health Minister, Simon Hamilton MLA and Lord Morrow, Minister for Social Development have visited Cuan Court Supported Living Scheme in Newtownards and met with tenants, their families and staff to view the state of the art facilities available.

eRec, the new recruitment tool which forms part of the Human Resources Payroll Travel Subsistence (HRPTS) system, is being deployed on a phased approach within the Trust from 15 February to June 2016. It will used for the recruitment of all posts (including medical posts at a later date).

To mark Safer Internet Day, Belfast-based Ineqe Group along with the Trust have launched the first in their ‘School’s App’ product range, which hopes to keep children and young people safe in the digital environments they live in today.

Lagan Valley Midwifery Unit Celebration Event

On 26 February 2016, the staff in the Midwifery Led Unit (MLU) at Lagan Valley Hospital will be holding a celebration event marking 5 years of serving the families of the Lisburn Area and beyond. The celebrations will take place from 11.00am to 1.00pm in the Lagan Valley MLU.

Milk Allergy Clinic First for Northern Ireland

The Paediatric Allergy Team at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald has won an innovation award from The Health Foundation to fund the implementation of a ‘Cow’s Milk Allergy Clinic’ which is a first in Northern Ireland. The award consists of a grant of approx. £72,000 to implement the clinic. The team was selected by the Health Foundation, an independent health care charity, to be part of its £1.5 million innovation programme, Innovating for Improvement, the first award of its kind in Northern Ireland.

Recovery College Student Open Days

This 3 hour morning event offers prospective students the opportunity to find out more about the College and to meet with existing students, volunteers and members of the recovery college management team and training network. It is an informal event and a great opportunity to meet with the College team and find out more about the Recovery College.

Sainsbury's Active Kids 2016

First Steps Day Nursery and SET Kids's Club are collecting Sainsbury's Active Kid's Vouchers.

Maternity Self-Referral Service

As soon as you have a positive pregnancy test you can now refer yourself directly for maternity care at Lagan Valley Hospital, Lisburn.

Smokefree HSC Premises Seminar

The South Eastern recently organised a seminar in conjunction with the Belfast Trust to mark the start of the countdown to Smoke Free Trust Premises on 9th March 2016.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month. In Northern Ireland there are about 103 females diagnosed and 22 deaths from Cervical Cancer each year.

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.

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