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.

The New Ward Block will provide:

  •  288 single bedrooms with en-suites
  • A new Day Surgery Department, including 4 state of the art Operating Theatres
  • Endoscopy Suite, Pharmacy, Support Services and Café.

The £261m Phase B redevelopment programme also includes the provision of a new Acute Services Block, which will commence on-site in April this year. This facility, which will be linked to the new Inpatient Ward Block, will provide a new Emergency Department, Specialist Wards and Imaging Department and will open to patients in early 2020.

Hugh McCaughey, Chief Executive commented that ‘we are delighted with the fantastic progress achieved to date on the phase B Redevelopment project and are excited to start construction on the Acute Services Block in April which will include the provision of a much needed new Emergency Department for our staff and patients.’

Statement from Health Minister Simon Hamilton:

Health Minister, Simon Hamilton has announced a £41million investment in the new Acute Services Block at the Ulster Hospital.

The Minister made the announcement during a site visit at the Ulster Hospital where he saw progress on the first phase of the new ward. Speaking at the visit, the Minister said: “I am delighted to announce that I will make over £41million capital funding available in 2016/17 to take forward the second phase of the construction of the Acute Services Block (ASB) at the Ulster Hospital. This brings my Department’s total capital spend on this Phase B Redevelopment to £260million.

“The ASB will provide a new emergency department, inpatient radiology, assessment unit, and specialist wards. This will provide 170 beds including acute, observation and assessment beds, and support services. I expect that work on the new block will commence this year and it will be open to patients in 2020.”

This latest redevelopment project at the Ulster Hospital is progressing on a phased basis, with the new inpatient ward block due to complete first. It is scheduled to open to patients early next year. The ASB is to be constructed in the second phase and is currently scheduled to open to patients in early 2020.

The Minister continued: “This significant capital investment marks another significant milestone for the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in modernising the facilities at this key acute hospital site. We hear daily how pressures on key facilities like this continue to rise. It is vital that we provide safe, effective services in suitable accommodation.”

Acknowledging the efforts of all those involved working on this project, the Minister added: “I would like to wish everyone well with the final stage of this project. It is clear that everyone involved with this scheme has worked extremely hard. I look forward to the day when both elements are completed and operational.”


Naomi Dunbar, Project Director with Health Minister, Simon Hamilton, MLA & Seamus McGoran, Director of Hospital Services.

Completed single bedroom all have ensuite facilities and the latest state of the art technology.


Ensuite Shower Room & Bathroom

Spacious Corridor

Kieran Quinn, Strategic & Capital Development Manager talks to Health Minister, Simon Hamilton, MLA about the technology and design used in the single rooms

Trust's Capital Development Team involved in the project with Health Minister, Simon Hamilton, MLA and Seamus McGoran, Director of Hospital Services (2nd right)

Representatives from Trust, Graham BAM Healthcare, & Health Estates with Simon Hamilton, MLA during the recent visit