2019 News and Events


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Congratulations to Sam McMahon, Newcroft Lodge Care Home Manager for recently having his ‘Pain assessment for people living with dementia in care homes’ article published in the Journal of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association.

Sun Awareness month aims to provide information on both skin cancer prevention and detection.

Sun Awareness Week runs from Monday 13 May to Sunday 19 May 2019.

Plans have been unveiled today to transform the environment in which we deliver chemotherapy at the Ulster Hospital with the re-design of the upper floor of the Care of the Elderly building and the addition of an another storey, with floor to ceiling windows and views across the countryside.

Applications for the 2019 HSC Graduate Intern Scheme  are now open!

Do You Kangaroo?


The Neonatal Unit at the Ulster Hospital are taking part in this year’s Kangaroo-A-Thon running between the 1-14 May 2019.

Anaphylaxis Campaign is a charity supporting people with severe allergies; they are celebrating their 25-year anniversary this year with Anaphylaxis Awareness week 6th-12th May.

International Day of the Midwife was celebrated today in the Maternity Unit at the Ulster Hospital.

Could you spare some of your free time to befriend someone in your community?

Chantal McQuoid left the Afterschool Club in the Downshire Hospital after 22 years’ service as the Kid’s Club Lead.

Congratulations to all who took part in the ‘Walk Leader’ training held in Ballynahinch just before Easter.

In October 2018, the Department of Health announced that the Downe Hospital had been chosen as a new elective centre to deliver a day surgery cataract prototype service, serving patients across Northern Ireland.

The Paediatric and Emergency Departments received a delivery of tasty treats just before the Easter weekend.

Friday the 5th April may have been a “damp day” but the Transport Department brought the “Sun Out” by handing over the keys of a brand new vehicle to our Occupational Therapy Wheelchair services team.

Do you know a male colleague who has made a lifestyle change this year?


If so we want to hear from you!

A patient of 10 years from the Urology service is planning a sky dive for her 80th Birthday to raise funds for the service.


During the month of April the Colorectal nursing team, along with Endoscopy and Bowel Screening departments will be raising awareness of bowel cancer in conjunction with Bowel Cancer UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Radiology Department in the Ulster Hospital has recently taken delivery of a new replacement Siemens Magnetom Sola 1.5T MRI scanner.

The benefits of breastfeeding for women, children and society as a whole are well documented.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed until six months of age, with breastfeeding continuing alongside the introduction of solid foods until at least two years of age. 

The Department of Health has announced the appointment of Deep Sagar as Non-Executive Chair of the Trust.

We are delighted to announce that a “Free” shuttle bus service for staff has commenced.


‘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.

With thanks to Cedar Foundation Partnership, the service users at Ardarragh Resource Centre, Downpatrick have obtained a small number of disability bicycles to encourage their physical activities and fitness.

Jimmy Chapman, Charge-hand Porter in Lisburn Health Centre, presented a cheque of £385.34 on 27 March 2019 to the Air Ambulance NI, which was his chosen charity.

Colleagues and friends from across HSC gathered recently to say farewell to Chief Executive Hugh McCaughey.

Over 80 social workers from across the South Eastern Trust came together on the 19th March to celebrate World Social Work Day.

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

Five engagement sessions were held across the Trust over the last few months to enable Domiciliary staff to find out about how the service has performed over the last year.

Did you know that March was No Smoking Month?

On the 4 March the Smoking Cessation Team started their planned mobilisation health fairs with the aim to engage with staff, patients and visitors alike to promote the idea of setting a quit date among smokers. They are offering Carbon Monoxide testing for smokers to check their levels and get advice if they are considering quitting. They also have a range of promotional items to give away.

The next two dates and venues are:

19/3/19 - Lagan Valley Foyer

27/3/19 - Lagan Valley Centre Foyer


Dundonald Omniplex Park & Ride to Ulster Hospital - Free Shuttle Bus Service for Staff

Mouth cancer, also known as oral cancer, is where a malignant tumour develops in the lining of the mouth.

A swallowing difficulty is called Dysphagia. Dysphagia can affect the foods and drinks you can take comfortably and safely. It is a serious issue with potential life threatening consequences and can result in choking, chest infections, pneumonia, dehydration, malnutrition and weight loss.

March is No Smoking Month and a new tannoy system has been installed at the entrances to the Ulster, Downe and Lagan Valley Hospitals to remind people that smoking is banned on all our sites.  A large button inside the door can be pressed, delivering a message by loudspeaker to anyone breaking the Smokefree rule outside.

The messages have been recorded by local schoolchildren from Ards and Dundonald, as well as  health professionals, the smoking wardens and members of the public.

The Trust became Smokefree in March 2016. If you still see smokers at our entrances polluting the environment for patients to walk through, push the button to make your voice heard.  Every push is counted!

Pictured (L-R): Smoking wardens Jim McKeown and Chris Quinn demonstrating the new tannoy system at the Ulster Hospital.



We invite you to Being Together in Belfast, an event for women living with and beyond ovarian cancer on Friday 12 April 2019 from 9.45am - 4pm at the Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast.

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. In Northern Ireland there were an average of 221 people diagnosed with ovarian cancer from 2012-2016 and 126 deaths.

The South Eastern HSC Trust has recently launched the Infant Mental Health Strategy at an event held in the Civic Centre in Lisburn.  The strategy provides a framework to guide, inform and review activity across a range of Health & Social Care services working to improve the social and emotional development of young children and families.

Make sure you know about the flu and how to protect yourself!

The South Eastern Trust were delighted to welcome a distinguished expert to the Ulster Hospital recently to promote the benefits of Smoking Cessation interventions in acute care settings.

GRAHAM- Bam Healthcare Patnership (GBHP) recently presented a cheque of £2000 raised from their Annual GBHP Charity Golf Day to the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust for Friends of Kiwoko Hospital.

On Tuesday 12 February 2019 the South Eastern HSC Trust held a Midwifery Careers Day programme with the aim of fulfilling its commitment to ensuring that young people within our geographical area are offered a work experience opportunity that may support them to progress towards career goals and pathways, both academic and vocational.

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust along with the other Health & Social Care Trusts across Northern Ireland have now signed up to two Equality Commission initiatives.  These initiatives are the Mental Health Charter and the disability access initiative ‘Every Customer Counts’.

Our Social Work staff recently spent the day with Colin McGrath, MLA to experience what it is like working as a Social Worker.

The Trust has previously consulted publicly and extensively on the introduction of car parking charges across Ards, Lagan Valley and Downe Hospital sites in line with Department of Health Policy

The staff and residents of Newcroft Lodge were delighted to be part of a very special birthday celebration recently. Maria Ferguson celebrated her 100th birthday on 25 January surrounded by her family, friends, her minister Rev. Alan Sleith, Hillsborough Presbyterian Church and Rt. Rev. Charles McMullen, the Moderator of the General Assembly for the Presbyterian Church along with his wife Mrs Barbara McMullen.

The Children's Celebration Event was recently held in The Great Hall.

South Eastern Trust Presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!

NHS England and NHS Improvement have announced that Hugh McCaughey, Chief Executive of the South Eastern HSC Trust, is to lead on driving improvements in care and efficiency across the NHS.

Take a sneak peak at our new Acute Services Block.

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