2018 News and Events


2018 News items appear below


On Friday 21st December the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Cllr Uel Mackin and the Mayoress Mrs Jennifer Mackin visited the Children's Unit at the Ulster Hospital with a very, VERY, special guest!

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

John Brown from Newtownards has presented a defibrillator to Cuan Court supported living facility. John completed a cycle around the peninsula to raise funds and local businesses also contributed to the purchase of the equipment.


This week, Santa took some time out of his busy schedule to bring gifts to young patients at the Children’s Unit at the Ulster Hospital.

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

Local mums from the North Down & Ards, East Belfast and Down areas have recently completed the ‘Getting Ready for Baby’ Programme held in the Downe Hospital, Ulster Hospital & Holywood Arches Health & Wellbeing Centre

The Oral Health Awards recognise excellence and endeavour in oral care.


Pat Hamill from Broughshane recently donated £12,554 to Macmillan Cancer Support in recognition of the treatment he received for mouth cancer at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.

The staff in the Emergency Department, Ulster Hospital got a bit of a surprise on Saturday evening when a little Elf named Jingle McCringle arrived needing some help!

Alcohol Awareness


South Eastern HSC Trust Launch Alcohol Awareness Pop Up Stands in their Emergency Departments.

The aim of the course is to prepare students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to meet the Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (NMC 2004).




On Thursday 14 November 2018 the South Eastern HSC Trust in partnership with Marie Curie NI hosted a conference at Riddel Hall, QUB entitled: Ethical Challenges of 21st Century Palliative Care.

Alcohol plays a part in many of our lives…

Yet it’s surprising how little people know about its contents and impact.

Congratulations to all members of staff who were awarded at the Celebration of Achievement event held in Dundonald Elim Church on Wednesday 14 November 2018.

People across the South Eastern Trust area are being urged to be more aware of the early signs and symptoms of Lung Cancer. 

To support Mouth Cancer Awareness month, the Head and Neck Cancer Team in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust are encouraging people to be more aware of the early signs and symptoms of mouth cancer and the main risk factors.

A team whose work has had a huge impact on the care of premature babies in Northern Ireland has won this year’s Advancing Healthcare awards. Nikki Lyttle and Catherine Glover from the NI Regional Project embedded the skills of allied health professionals into the neonatal team to ensure that babies born early receive all the specialist help they need. 

Congratulations to the Macmillan Health and Wellbeing and Clinical Nurse Specialist Team in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust who were finalists in the recent Macmillan Professionals Excellence Awards which recognises the inspirational work supporting people living with cancer.

The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland,  Right Rev Charles McMullen visited the Ulster Hospital  to meet our Lead Chaplain Rev Don Gamble and hear of his ground breaking work in Clinical Pastoral Education.

‘Take 5 Ways to wellbeing’ is a set of  evidence -base public health messages aimed at improving the wellbeing of the whole population. 

In 2017 the Public Health Agency (PHA) was successful in securing a grant for ‘Project RETAIN’ from the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

Today we are sharing the very moving and inspirational story of Jordan Kennedy whose organs were donated after his sudden death at the age of 22.

The South Eastern HSC Trust has welcomed the announcement that the Downe and Lagan Valley Hospitals have been designated as new centres for day surgery, serving patients from across Northern Ireland.

On World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2018, 70 young people attended a talk hosted by Colin Youth Development Centre to hear about Mental Health and how best to cope with the many issues associated with stress.

Today is International Stammering Awareness Day 2018 (ISAD).

The Trust has been praised for its implementation of a rostering system which was tailored to meet the needs of different staff groups and ensured all staff had access to the benefits of the system, gaining national recognition at the prestigious Allocate Awards 2018.

A charity called Fairy bricks made a very generous donation of lego to the Childrens unit this week.

With falling numbers of applications for adoption, a new campaign was launched on Monday 15th October 2018 to encourage more people to become adoptive parents.

The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust is pleased to be partnering with Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare after a competitive procurement process to supply and maintain a new range of beds and mattresses in the Ulster Hospital, Ards GP Ward, Lagan Valley Hospital and the Downe Hospital.

Today, Wednesday 10 October is World Mental Health Day and on this day each year thousands of supporters come together to celebrate this annual awareness program and bring attention to mental illness and its effects on people’s lives worldwide.

Bra Fitting Launch


A free bra-fitting service has been set up by Cancer Focus Northern Ireland at the Ballymote Centre, Killough Road, Downpatrick, for women who live in the area. The service started on October 1 and will be open on Monday 10:00am - 2:00pm.

Work will soon get underway on the new £40million Primary and Community Care Centre for Lisburn which will be located on the Lagan Valley Hospital site.

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin, along with members of the Assessment Panel has launched the 2019 Mayor’s Community Awards, designed to acknowledge the outstanding work and commitment of individuals, groups and organisations across communities in the Council area.

On Tuesday 11th September artist Cheryl Bleakley from Arts Care NI and a group of medical students gave up their free time to start creating Paeds in a Pod Art Gallery within the children’s unit.

The South Eastern HSC Trust recently hosted a special event in recognition of support from the Friends of Bangor Hospital as they formally wind up their fundraising activities.

We have designated this week as a special week for the return of specialist rehabilitative equipment. 
The list includes specialist chairs, walking aids and showering equipment which can then be cleansed and re-issued to other patients. 

Dr Michael Power (Consultant Geriatrician, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust) retired recently after having completed 30 years’ service within the Trust.

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 10 October 2018 at 7.30pm in the Recreation Hall, Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.

'Getting Ready for Baby' programme in the Ulster Hospital Midwifery Led Unit and Lagan Valley Hospital are celebrating their first anniversary.

During palliative care week the AHPs within Northern Ireland through their specialist forum are launching a new document focussing on the AHP role within symptom management. This document aims to support all those working within palliative and end of life care by clearly outlining the AHP interventions which are required to address some of the symptoms experienced by people with advanced disease.

As this is Palliative Care Week 2018 we are featuring the job profile of Sandra Patterson, Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist to give you an insight into what working in Palliative Care is like.

Ards and North Down Borough Council awarded its highest honour - the Freedom of the Borough - to Health and Social Care Staff at a formal conferment ceremony in the Walled Garden Bangor Castle on Saturday 1 September.

Walk for Life 2018



Let’s Talk about Organ Donation!

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust is supporting National Organ Donation Week, starting on 3 – 9 September 2018. This year we are encouraging people not only to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register but to also talk about organ donation with their families. Most people support organ donation but a family’s support is needed, so that organ donation can go ahead.


The Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) are urging people who have had experience of Delirium during the past year to share their experience through the 10,000 MORE Voices programme to help shape how care is delivered in Northern Ireland.

‘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.

‘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.

Following nomination by her Student Midwife for a Mentorship award, Noreen McKee, a Community Midwife in the Bangor area has been awarded Midwifery Mentor of the Year 2018. She was presented with her award at a ceremony hosted recently by QUB School of Nursing and Midwifery


The Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership’s (CYPSP) Down Locality Planning Group and is a multi-agency partnership of community, voluntary and statutory sector to address emerging needs of local communities.

Please note that the junction at the main entrance to the Ulster Hospital adjacent to McDonalds will be closed between the hours of 7.30 pm and 6.00 am from Wed 25 July 2018 to Fri 27 July 2018 to facilitate resurfacing of the road as part of the infrastructure improvement work which has been ongoing for a number of weeks on the main Upper Newtownards Road.

The Parent Pac


It is a parent’s worst nightmare when their child suddenly becomes ill and needs emergency hospital treatment. Most parents will spend days by their child’s bedside in a hospital ward without any toiletries, unable to wash properly or even brush their teeth, relying heavily on family and friends being available to bring them supplies.

Twenty five delegates comprising of hospital and practice based pharmacists, a hospital pharmacy technician and pharmaceutical reps from across Ireland completed the first Clinical Leadership in Pharmacy programme (CLIP) programme in June 2018. Two pharmacists from the Trust, Rosemary Donnelly and Karen Miller successfully completed the course and received their certificates from Dr Mark Timoney, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Department of Health.

Diane Keown, Assistant Director of Surgery, retired from the South Eastern Trust on 29 June 2018 after a long and distinguished career in the health service spanning almost 38 years. 

Dunmurry Manor


Dunmurry Manor Care Home

Richard Walker, Transport, Travel, Planning, Parking and Postal Services Manager took on the very daunting challenge to quit smoking for Men’s Health Week 2018. We are delighted to announce that Richard is still a quitter and although he has had some bumps along the road he is determined to continue with his journey reaping many health and financial benefits along the way.

The Ulster University Impact Excellence Awards were held on 3rd May 2018. For the second year running, our laboratories were highly commended for their commitment to training and supporting Ulster University Placement students.

Macmillan Cancer Support provides a service in Northern Ireland to help people who are living with cancer to stay in or return to work, during or after treatment.

Congratulations to Noeleen McCreanor, Assistant Director, Human Resources who  won the very prestigious award of ‘Deputy HR Director of the Year 2018’ at the National Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) Excellence Awards last Thursday night in London in recognition of her valuable contribution to HR, both within the Trust and as a result of leading key strategic projects within Northern Ireland.

Congratulations to our nurses who won awards at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Northern Ireland Nurse of the Year Awards 2018 held recently in the Culloden Hotel, Holywood

On Monday 4 June the South Eastern HSC Trust Volunteer Service’s launched their new logo and striking purple coloured branded tunics to help make our volunteers instantly recognisable to patients and the public.

The Trust has won the CHKS Top Hospitals programme National Patient Safety Award for 2018. The CHKS Top Hospitals awards celebrate excellence throughout the UK, and are given to acute sector organisations for their achievements in healthcare quality and improvement.

Earlier today children and parents from SureStart's 'Rhythm, Rhyme & Story Time' in Portaferry, took part in this years Rhyme Challenge. The Rhyme Challenge, developed by Bookstart, is great way to support children and families to enjoy learning rhymes together while helping children develop early language skills.

The celebration event took place in The Market House, Portaferry, where both parents and children enjoyed singing and doing actions to ten much-loved rhymes such as Old MacDonald and Five Little Monkeys. To celebrate their achievement each child was awarded with a 'Rhyme Challenge' certificate.

For further information on Rhythm, Rhyme & Story Time please contact Ards SureStart on (028) 9181 9722

Lynda and Joe McLeigh were named as Foster Carers of Distinction at the Foster Carer of the Year Awards that took place on Saturday 12 May 2018 in the Hilton Hotel, Belfast. The Awards were hosted by the Fostering Network in partnership with the Regional Adoption and Fostering Service.

The Neonatal and Maternity Teams at the South Eastern HSC Trust are always up for taking part in unique and fun challenges and in keeping with that they are launching their very first Kangaroo-A-Thon on 8 May 2018.

The South Eastern HSC Trust’s, Health Development Team recently launched their Healthier You Initiative which comprises of three services:

Stop Smoking

Health Coaching

Alcohol and You

Summer Scheme 2018


Are you looking for great quality childcare for the Summer Holidays?

The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust has launched a brand new programme 'Getting Ready for Baby' in the Downe Midwifery Led Unit.


Do you need help with Stress?

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.

Give ‘Just a Minute’

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.

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.

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.

A free 6 week stress management programme.

Influenza is now circulating.

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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