Developing Better Services
The New Hospital Network
- The current configuration of 15 acute hospitals will be replaced
by a network of nine acute hospitals supported by seven local hospitals, with additional local hospitals
in other locations, as appropriate.
- Under DBS the nine acute hospitals will be the Royal Hospitals, Belfast City,
Ulster, Antrim, Causeway, Altnagelvin, Daisy Hill, Craigavon and the new South West Hospital.
- Whiteabbey, Mid Ulster, Lagan Valley, Downe, South Tyrone, and Omagh have
been designated as local hospitals with the eventual inclusion of the Mater (although the Mater is to
continue to deliver a full range of acute services for a considerable period ahead).
- Particular regional specialities within the Eastern Board area (dermatology,
plastics and rheumatology) are being relocated and consolidated.
- Fracture inpatient services are to be developed at Antrim and Craigavon, with
fracture clinics at all acute hospitals.
- Consultant-led maternity services are to be delivered at the network of nine
acute hospitals, with the potential for development of midwife-led maternity units adjacent to consultant
- Protected elective capacity is to be developed at Lagan Valley, South Tyrone,
the new South West hospital and elsewhere, as appropriate.
- Increasing availability and access to day surgery will be a priority.
details of the Developing Better Services programme are set out in the .
Additional information on DBS