News 2020


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Phase 2 of our plan to rebuild services is now available to view.

Gastro Webinar Series.

Presented by Nicola Maybin, Lead Pharmacist for Gastroeterology, South Eastern HSC Trust


The first edition of the Good News Gazette is now available!

The Coronavirus pandemic has meant that many health and social care services have been stood down or significantly reduced. However, we are now past the first peak in Northern Ireland and we are beginning to rebuild services.

Simply NUC, an Intel Platinum Partner located in Bangor, Co Down has donated computer equipment to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald to help patients communicate with their loved ones whilst in hospital during the Coronavirus pandemic.

A Message from the Director of Nursing on International Nurses Day 2020.

Three staff from the Estates Department within the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust have retired after a considerable period of service.

At 11am on Tuesday 28th April, take part in the minute's silence.

The first edition of the Trust's Elected Representatives Covid-19 Briefing.

The DOH  has produced guidance advising key worker parents on what childcare is available to them and how they can access it.

We understand that COVID-19 is having a serious impact on those living with domestic violence and abuse and also children.

We understand that COVID-19 is having a serious impact on those living with domestic violence and abuse and also on children.

RISE NI have developed an online resource with information to help parents, carers & children during COVID-19.

Hope in a Crisis has been born out of the coronavirus pandemic and the complex bereavement needs which face us now.


Lagan Valley and Downe Midwifery Led Units will no longer be open for births as from Monday 30 March 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.

From Monday 30 March all Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Community Clinics are closed due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation.

The Trust needs to reshape its hospitals and other services on a temporary basis to maximise our ability to manage the surge in demand due to COVID-19.


We can confirm that from Monday 30 March 2020 our colleagues in Translink will be taking over all our Staff Shuttle Bus Services during the current COVID emergency.

As we prepare for what will be the biggest challenge we have ever faced, the Trust needs to reshape its hospitals and other services on a temporary basis. This will maximise our ability to manage the surge in demand for services due to COVID-19.

With immediate effect all visiting is now suspended.

The ONLY exceptions to this are:

  • PAEDIATRICS: Any children admitted can be accompanied by one parent or carer at a time.
  • MATERNITY: A person in labour can be accompanied by one birthing partner. There are no visitors permitted in ante-natal or post-natal ward areas.
  • NEONATOLOGY & PAEDIATRIC Intensive Care: A patient in the neonatal ward/paediatric ICU may be accompanied by one parent - visit duration to be agreed with the Ward Sister or Charge Nurse.
  • CRITICAL CARE AREAS (including Adult Intensive Care Units; Coronary Care Units; High Dependency Units): One visitor permitted  - visit duration to be agreed with the Ward Sister or Charge Nurse - normally a maximum of one hour.
  • PALLIATIVE (end of life) Care: One visitor to be permitted to visit - duration and timing of the visit must be agreed in advance with the Ward Sister or Charge Nurse - normally a maximum of one hour.

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Health Minister Robin Swann has announced that a number of non-urgent screening programmes will be paused to allow staff and resources to be reallocated to tackling Covid-19.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak Mr Deep Sagar, the Chair of Trust Board, has confirmed that our Public Trust Board meeting due to take place on Wednesday 25th March 2020 at 11am at Trinity Conference Centre, Lisburn, has been cancelled.

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust has put in place arrangements to assist in dealing with the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Health service activity across Northern Ireland will unfortunately have to be significantly curtailed as resources are diverted to care for coronavirus patients, Minister Robin Swann has stated.

Affected services will include non-urgent outpatient appointments, day cases, inpatient and diagnostic work. The process of scaling back provision will be phased in over the days and weeks ahead.

In recognition of the recent confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the expected rise in cases across NI, all Trusts are planning to downturn non urgent activity.

Health and social care services are coming under growing pressure due to the increase in cases of coronavirus, and we expect normal business will not be possible as we move into the next phase of this pandemic.

A child’s ability to talk is often taken for granted. We place a lot of emphasis on when our children start to walk and that can often be a date of remembrance for years to come. Talking is as essential as walking and here is the reason why.

Congratulations to Dr Jennifer Addley (Consultant Gastroenterologist) & the Gastro Ambulatory Care Team who picked up the prestigious Innovative Developments in the Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Award at the NI Healthcare Awards 2020.

On Thursday 27 February colleagues and Trust Board members gathered to wish Irene low, Assistant Director of Risk Management & Governance well as she took early retirement.

Irene has worked within Health & Social Care for 38 years and will be greatly missed by all those who have had an opportunity to work with her over the years.

Road realignment works are scheduled to commence at the entrance to Lagan Valley Hospital on Monday 9th March 2020 lasting approximately 5-6 weeks.

While every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum, these works will cause some restrictions to pedestrians and vehicles visiting the Hospital.

The shaded area below will be inaccessible during the first phase of these works.

All visitors to the site are urged to adhere to all signage and instructions.


The South Eastern Trust has secured approval and funding from the Department of Health for 53 new beds which will help meet increasing demand at the Ulster Hospital.

A fresh appeal for Foster Carers in Northern Ireland has been made, as a major new region-wide fostering recruitment drive was celebrated at La Mon House on Monday (24 February 2020). With over 3,300 children and young people currently requiring Foster care here, HSC Northern Ireland Adoption and Foster Care provides prospective and current Foster Carers with tailored support, advice and information.

Domestic Violence is a widespread problem with devasting consquences for victims and families.

Would you like to learn four basic steps to recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them with suicide helping resources?

Congratulations to all our staff working in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust for being awarded We invest in people, Silver accreditation.

Iris Hume who is a Specialist Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Nurse in the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust has been highly commended in the national Outstanding MS Specialist Nurse category at the QuDos in MS Awards.

​The new Multi-disciplinary teams in your local GP practices are running information events for you to meet them and learn more about services available in your community.

Action for Children work with schools, health services and local authorities to identify Young Carers, develop the right support and raise awareness of their situation. Action for Children can also give Young Carers a break through their projects, helping them to learn, have fun and meet people.

Children of Alcoholics Week takes place from 9-15 February 2020 and is held internationally to raise awareness of children affected by parental alcohol problems.

A FREE 6-week stress management programme

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Diabetes UK awards a selection of medals in recognition of the courage and perseverance of living with Type 1 diabetes for over 50, 60 and 70 years.

The Ulster Hospital Physiotherapy Outpatient Department is temporarily moving to the Care of the Elderly Physiotherapy Department from 27 January 2020.

This is to facilitate refurbishment of the current Physiotherapy Outpatient Department.

First Minister Arlene Foster, Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill and Health Minister Robin Swann visited the Ulster Hospital Emergency Department today and met with staff.


We have had to cancel 340 Out Patient appointments and 89 procedures on Friday 10 January, due to industrial action.


All Out Patient appointments at Ulster, Ards, Bangor and Lagan Valley Hospitals are cancelled, and patients have been notified by letter.

The following are NOT AFFECTED:




MacDermott Unit

Downe Hospital Out Patients will be open as normal, so patients should ensure they attend any scheduled appointment.

Emergency Departments remain open, but the Minor Injuries Units at Ards and Bangor Hospitals will be closed.


Any patients scheduled for a procedure will have been notified of a cancellation by telephone. If you do not receive a phone call, please attend as scheduled,


There will be no patient/client transport in this area and no meals will be provided in Day Centres.

Balloo Training & Resource Centre (Learning Disability) in Bangor will be closed. The families of the 54 people who attend have been informed.


The Ulster Hospital shop, Oasis restaurant, Inpatient Ward Block café and Maternity café will be closed.


We apologise in advance for any disruption. The welfare of our patients and other service users is our top priority.




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