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Ulster Hospital Opens New Inpatient Ward Block

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust has opened its new Inpatient Ward Block to patients and staff. This marks a significant milestone in the redevelopment of the Trust’s single acute Hospital. The Ulster Hospital Redevelopment is being completed in three phases A-C. The Phase A redevelopment commenced in 2002…

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Ulster Hospital Annual Lecture For 25 January

The Ulster Hospital Annual Lecture will take place on Wednesday 25 January 2017 at the Lecture Theatre, Trust Headquarters, Ulster Hospital at 6pm. Dame Mary Peters, former British athlete, Olympic Gold Medal winner and 1972 BBC sports personality of the year is the guest speaker. The Lecture will be followed…

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Gas Leak At Ulster Hospital Near Acute Services

There has been a gas leak at the Ulster Hospital this morning after a digger hit a gas main on the site of the new Acute Services Block around 8.30am. The gas leak has now been isolated and the Fire & Rescue Service have informed us that there is no…

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Joint Statement From The Health And Social Care Board And Public Health Agency on Emergency Department Pressures

As the Northern Ireland Health Service again faces a crisis at its Emergency Departments, a spokesperson for the Health and Social Care Board said: “Emergency Departments across Northern Ireland are currently experiencing a high level of pressure. “The Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency are urging the public…

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Ulster Hospital A&E Under Pressure And Hamilton Meets With Trust Bosses

Three Outpatient clinics were cancelled at the Ulster Hospital today (Tuesday 8 December) to free staff to cope with unprecedented pressures.  Some further Outpatient clinics have been cancelled for Wednesday and Thursday. A spokesperson for the South eastern Health and Social care Trust said: “Due to the large number of…

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Royal College Of Surgeons Makes Presidential Visit To Ulster Hospital

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust recently hosted a presidential visit by the Royal College of Surgeons at the Ulster Hospital. The purpose of the visit was to talk about key surgical challenges and how these can be developed and addressed within Northern Ireland. Members from the College…

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Tribute Paid From Trust Staff To Their Colleague Lynnette Rodgers (Nee Reilly)

Staff in the physiotherapy department at the Ulster Hospital have released a statement following the tragic death of the beloved colleague Lynette Rodgers (nee Reilly) on her honeymoon in South Africa. Her husband John also lost his life in the dangerous rip currents just off their honeymoon beach. The close knit…

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Older People’s Commissioner Says Elderly Need Confidence In A & E Services

The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Claire Keatinge, has said that she is “shocked and appalled” by allegations surrounding the care of an older patient at the Ulster Hospital. Her comments followed reports of the distressing experience of Mrs Mary Anne Hood after it was highlighted in the…

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Local People Speak Up About Serious Hardships Due To Changing Health Policies

A number of people have contacted Down News to share their personal stories about what it means to them to have to go to a hospital in Belfast to be treated. They have shared their personal details in the hope that others may understand the difficulties they have faced and…

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Row Errupts As Downe Hospital A&E Hours To Be Cut

A crunch meeting was held in the Down District Council chamber on Monday evening 23 December between councillors, MLA’s, MP’s, and the Down Community Health Committee, who listened to South Eastern HSC Trust officials explaining the reasons behind the snap announcement of cuts to the Downe and Lagan Valley A&E…

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South Eastern HSC Trust Receives Prestigious UK Gong

 Local Health Trust Named in Top Forty CHKS Trusts in UK THE South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust has been named as one of the top 40 acute hospital Trusts in the United Kingdom. The award is given to the 40 top performing CHKS Trusts in the UK and…

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Enright Says Trust Mental Health Business Case Is Weak

AS the Mental health Consultation continues in the South Eastern HSC Trust area, Down District Council received a presentation from senior Trust officials on the proposals for the future delivery of mental health care. Independent Councillor Cadogan Enright commented: “The business case for this proposal appears very weak. “The move…

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Rogers Says Waiting Times at Ulster Hospital are Unacceptable

SOUTH Down SDLP MLA Seán Rogers has spoken out following a recent report that a number of paramedics had more than four hour waiting periods with patients at the Ulster Hospital at Dundonald. Mr Rogers said:  “I remain disgusted, but not shocked, that some Paramedics had waiting times of more…

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McGrath Expresses Concern at Operation Postponements at Ulster

COLIN McGrath, Down District SDLP Councillor and the party’s local health spokesperson, has spoken out following news that approximately 30 routine operations a week are being postponed due to a shortage of beds in the Ulster Hospital. He said: “I am disgusted but not at all shocked at today’s report…

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