Lagan Valley Hospital

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Lagan Valley Hospital
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
Panoramic view of Lagan Valley Hospital, Lisburn 2014-04-18 03-33.jpg
Panoramic view of Lagan Valley Hospital, Lisburn
Lagan Valley Hospital is located in Northern Ireland
Lagan Valley Hospital
Location in Northern Ireland
LocationLisburn, County Antrim/Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Coordinates54°30′22″N 6°02′45″W / 54.50599°N 6.04590°W / 54.50599; -6.04590Coordinates: 54°30′22″N 6°02′45″W / 54.50599°N 6.04590°W / 54.50599; -6.04590
Care systemHealth and Social Care in Northern Ireland
Hospital typeDistrict General
Emergency departmentYes, A&E daytime only since 2011
ListsHospitals in Northern Ireland

The Lagan Valley Hospital (Irish: Ospidéal Ghleann an Lagáin) is a hospital in Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It provides services to people from Greater Lisburn, the Lisburn City Council area and other parts of South East Ulster. It is managed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.


The hospital has its origins in the Lisburn Union Workhouse and Infirmary that opened during the famine in 1841.[1] It became the Lisburn and Hillsborough District Hospital in 1921.[1] After a major extension, the hospital was renamed Lagan Valley Hospital in 1947. Following the closure of the geriatric units at Killowen and Lissue in the 1980s, further expansion took place.[2]

In February 2008, the trust announced that maternity services were to cease at the hospital in 2009. The decision sparked major controversy and heralded the 'Save our Services' campaign, which was backed by local politicians and local newspaper, the Ulster Star. The move was part of measures to cut costs; however it has been claimed that the closure will put other hospitals in the region into 'meltdown'. A senior member of maternity liaison committee stated that it would have a 'detrimental impact', as hospitals in Belfast and Craigavon were already 'bursting'. Such claims were rejected by Health minister Michael McGimpsey, who deemed them 'unhelpful'.[3] The closure came only two years after the decision to strip the hospital of acute services.[4]

Similar controversy was caused by limiting the opening hours of the accident and emergency unit to daytime hours of 8.00am to 8.00pm in 2011. Local politicians and members of the community complained vociferously about the limited opening hours and demanded a full accident and emergency service be restored, and although it was reported in June 2012 that Health Minister Edwin Poots was poised to restore a comprehensive service,[5] this never happened.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "Lisburn". Workhouses. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Lisburn Historical Society: Volume 2 - Health and Wealth in the Borough of Lisburn". E.J.Best. Archived from the original on October 25, 2006. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
  3. ^ "Maternity units 'facing meltdown'". BBC Northern Ireland. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Acute services stopped at hospital". BBC Northern Ireland. 12 January 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Minister poised to approve 24 hours A&E access at Lagan Valley". Ulster Star. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Emergency Department at Lagan Valley Hospital". South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. Retrieved 3 April 2019.

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