2018 News and Events


2018 News items appear below.

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Car parking charges will be introduced on the Ards Hospital site from Thursday 1 March 2018. The aim of introducing these charges is to help improve traffic flow on the site by reducing queuing and congestion, which is making patients late for hospital appointments.

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.

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Transforming work experience for the South Eastern Trust.

The winners of the GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Northern Ireland 2018/19 were announced at an Awards Reception in the Titanic Hotel, Belfast on Wednesday 14 March 2018.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast has come up with an inventive new way to improve the sexual health of men in Northern Ireland’s prisons.

This No Smoking Day, 14 March 2018, marks the second anniversary of the South Eastern HSC Trust sites becoming Smokefree.

HPV Vaccine


The Public Health Agency (PHA) has urged parents of girls who are eligible to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to make sure that they get it to reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer later in life. The call comes as figures show a reduction in the levels of uptake of the vaccine here.

GRAHAM-BAM Healthcare Partnership has recently raised £6,000 for two charities by hosting its annual golf day. The two charities that received £3,000 each are Belfast City Hospital's chosen charity, Friends of the Cancer Centre, and Ulster Hospital’s nominated charity, the ‘Friends of Kiwoko’ hospital in Uganda.

In Northern Ireland there were an average of 181 people diagnosed with ovarian cancer between 2011-2015 and 119 deaths. Incidence rates for ovarian cancer are projected to rise by 15% in the UK between 2014 and 2035.

Do you suffer from:

  • Tired aching legs?
  • Varicose Veins?
  • Swollen ankles?

The world’s first dedicated CT heart scanner has been installed at the Ulster Hospital. It can image the heart in less than a single heartbeat, taking just point two four of a second. The cardiologist can then definitively diagnose, or rule out, heart disease.

Congratulations to Nicola Maybin, Gastroenterology Pharmacist and Gayle Martin, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialist Nurse who picked up an award on behalf of the Gastroenterology Team at the NI Healthcare Awards Ceremony for Innovative Developments in the Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The Virtual Dementia Tour has just release dates for March 2018.

The tour is open to all who live or work in the South Eastern HSC Trust area and is delivered through 3 training sessions per day each lasting approx 2.5hrs. Tour times and dates are below:

Venue Area March 2018
Ulster Hospital Clinical Skills Room 9
Ards Hospital Seminar Room 16
Maghaberry Community Maghaberry Community Centre, Maghaberry Road, BT67 0JG 12
Downe Hospital Dementia Assessment Unit 7 & 8
Lagan Valley Hospital Old Dept. of Psychiatry Building 14
Portaferry Portaferry - Health & Elderly Resource Centre 13






Northern Ireland Water Staff donated over £500 to the Macdermott Unit, Ulster Hospital, in memory of their former colleague Keith Crossen.

It is important to separate the myths from the facts of smoking  to understand the impact it has on your body so that you can make a more informed decision to quit.

Joint appointment between Ulster University and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

safeTALK Training


SafeTALK Training is for everyone who wants to help prevent suicide. The training will take place on 1 March 2018 from 9.30am - 1pm.

The Stroke Unit at the Ulster Hospital recently received a very generous donation of £1,700 from Comber Rec Football Club. 

The members of the newly formed Ballywalter German Shepherd Dog Club recently donated £100 to the Macmillan Cancer Health & Wellbeing Service based in the Macmillan Information Centre in the Ulster Hospital. The service offers information and support to anyone affected by cancer within the South Eastern Trust.

A free 6 week stress management programme.

Influenza is now circulating.

A free 6 week stress management programme.

Letter from John McQuillan (Contracts) Ltd Re: Belfast Rapid Transit Project - Upper Newtownards Road.

Cervical Cancer Awareness week begins on Sunday 22 January 2018.

Christmas is over for another year! The New Year is traditionally a time when we think about looking at our lifestyles and how we could improve these. It is a time to encourage considering some lifestyle changes and one of these might be stopping smoking.  

The Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) are urging people who have experienced bereavement, whether the death was expected or sudden and in any care setting or at home, to share their story through the 10,000 More Voices programme to help shape how care is delivered in Northern Ireland.

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