2019 News and Events


2019 News articles appear below:

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.

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


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.

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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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