Ulster Hospital

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Coordinates: 54°35′49″N 5°48′43″W / 54.597°N 5.812°W / 54.597; -5.812

Ulster Hospital
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
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Location Dundonald, County Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Care system Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland
Hospital type District General
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Founded 1872
Website http://www.setrust.hscni.net/
Lists Hospitals in Northern Ireland

The Ulster Hospital (commonly known as the Ulster) is a teaching hospital in Dundonald (at the eastern edge of Belfast) in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is within the townland of Ballyregan, beside the A20 road.

The hospital provides acute services to 250,000 people in the North Down, Ards and Castlereagh council areas, as well as east Belfast. It is also one of four regional cancer units in Northern Ireland.


The hospital was first founded as the Ulster Hospital for Women and Sick Children in 1872. It was initially located on Chichester Street in Belfast city centre. It subsequently moved to Mountpottinger Road and then Templemore Avenue. While located in Mountpottinger the hospital was severely damaged in the 1941 Belfast Blitz.[1] In 1962 it was relocated to Dundonald and renamed as the Ulster Hospital.

A seven-year £98m refurbishment programme was announced in 2001. Initially, there were plans to build an entirely new hospital, but these were scrapped. The redevelopment has included an ungraded A&E department, a new maternity block, a critical care unit and a renal unit. In the redevelopment plans were revised in 2006, with the work being split into two phases with total investment increasing to over £340m by 2016. The new plans also include seven new operating theatres and a multi-storey car park.[2] The car park was opened in 2007, helping to solve significant shortages in the past.[3]

In August 2002, the Red Hand Defenders a Loyalist paramilitary terrorist group, issued a death threat against Catholic workers at the Ulster Hospital.[4]

In June 2011, the Ulster hospital was granted University Teaching Hospital status by Queen's University, Belfast, and a Undergraduate sub-deanery was created within the Trust.[5]

In December 2014, an Industrial tribunal awarded a Catholic nurse almost £10,000 after suffering religious discrimination. The Tribunal found there was a "culture of tolerance of sectarian behaviour" at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.[6]


  1. ^ University of Ulster
  2. ^ Northern Ireland Civil Service press release
  3. ^ DHSSPS
  4. ^ "Red Hand Defenders Call The BBC". August 4, 2002. 
  5. ^ "Ulster Hospital Granted University teaching Status" (PDF). June 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Drumcree chicken: South Eastern Health Trust upgrades staff training". January 9, 2015. 

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