Lung Cancer Service

Lung Cancer Services are provided in the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust across all hospital sites and serve a population of approximately 440,000 people.

The services that are available for patients with lung cancer include:

  • Diagnostics,
  • Chemotherapy
  • Specialist palliative and supportive care and follow up.

New and review clinics are held at the Ulster, Lagan Valley and Downe Hospitals and also at Ards and Bangor Community Hospitals. However, in 2011 a Red Flag Respiratory Clinic (for suspected lung cancers) was established at the Ulster Hospital and now almost all Red Flag referrals are seen at this clinic.

Satellite oncology clinics are also held at UHD with visiting Oncologists attending from the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre (based and employed by the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust). For many patients chemotherapy is delivered at the MacDermott Unit at the UHD whilst others attend the Cancer Centre at the City Hospital for chemotherapy treatments. Radiotherapy is delivered at the Cancer Centre and Thoracic Surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

There are many people involved in providing care for patients with lung cancer. This group is called a Multi-Disciplinary Team (or MDT).

The primary aim of the South Eastern Trust Lung Cancer MDT is to ensure equal access to diagnosis and treatment for all patients in our catchment area with suspected lung cancer. In order to achieve this aim, we provide a high standard of care for all patients including, efficient and accurate diagnosis, ensuring that invasive investigations are only used where necessary and ensuring continuity of care.


To contact the Lung Cancer Service:

Respiratory Physicians Secretaries
Respiratory Medical Department 
Ulster Hospital
BT16 1RH

Telephone:  (028) 9048 4511 ext. 3504 / 2641

Referral to the Service

Referrals to the South Eastern Trust Lung Cancer Team generally come from General Practitioners. There are specific criteria for referral to the Red Flag Respiratory Clinic:-

  • Persistent haemoptysis (coughing up blood) in smokers or ex-smokers aged 40years and older
  • A chest X-ray suggestive of lung cancer, including pleural effusion (a collection of fluid next to the lung) and slowly resolving infection
  • A normal chest X-ray where there is a high suspicion of lung cancer
  • A history of asbestos exposure and recent onset of chest pain, shortness of breath or unexplained generalised symptoms where a chest X-ray indicates pleural effusion, pleural mass or any suspicious lung abnormality

Patient Comments

A South  Eastern Trust Lung Cancer Service User Satisfaction Survey was carried out in 2012. Some of the comments on the most positive aspects of treatment and on-going care are listed below:

“I know if I need to contact anyone for help I have all the information I need”

“The kindness of staff and being very helpful with problems”

“Very pleased with staff and care”

“When finally diagnosed - consultant and care team were exceptionally efficient in arranging other tests and treatment”

“I can't fault this service or find room for improvement as it is first class”


Clinical Psychology Service 
Palliative Care Team
Macmillan CAB
Counselling Service 
Macmillan Information and Support
Northern Ireland Cancer Network
Macmillan Cancer Support
Cancer Focus Northern Ireland 

Please click here to download the multi-disciplinary team information.