Emergency Department at Lagan Valley Hospital

The Emergency Department operates from 8am -8pm (Monday - Friday).  The Emergency Department is closed at weekends. The entrance is at the front and to the left of the main hospital entrance, and is clearly marked. Car parking is adjacent.

From 8pm – 8am (Monday - Friday), the Emergency Department closes and during those hours you should go to an alternative hospital with a 24 hour emergency department, such as the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald which is within this Trust, or the Royal Victoria or Mater Hospitals in Belfast.

Alternatively, patients can contact GP Out of Hours from 8pm and at weekends.  It is advised to telephone first to make sure you access the appropriate care. The number is (028) 9260 2204

If you are seriously ill, phone 999 for an ambulance, as normal. The ambulance will take you to an appropriate hospital.

Medical patients can still be admitted to Lagan Valley Hospital at night by GPs.


When do I need to come to the Emergency Department?

Generally you should go to the emergency department only in emergencies such as:

  •  unconsciousness 
  •  a suspected stroke 
  •  heavy blood loss 
  •  suspected broken bones 
  •  a deep wound such as a stab wound 
  •  a suspected heart attack 
  •  difficulty in breathing 
  •  severe burns 
  •  a severe allergic reaction

You may be able to treat minor illnesses or injuries such as sprains, strains, insect stings and cuts and grazes yourself.

Local pharmacist can give advice for treating common illnesses and the best medicines to use.

Visiting your GP for medical advice, examinations or an illness or injury that require prescriptions.

If you are unsure on whether you should come to the Emergency Department click here to check the Choose Well guide to find the appropriate service for you.


What happens at the Emergency Department?

Once you're at the Emergency Department, you will give your details to a receptionist. Then, within a short time, a nurse will triage you, that means assess the nature of your injury/complaint and determine how urgent it is.

You will then be categorised into one of five groups. It is essential that this system is in place to ensure that patients are seen in order of clinical need, rather than in time of attendance.

You may have to wait a short time before you are seen by the doctor. This will depend on how busy the Department is and how serious the other patients’ conditions are.

As well as timely care, our aim is to ensure that services are safe, of a high quality and improve the outcomes for our patients.