Ulster Hospital

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Ulster Hospital
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
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Ulster Hospital
Ulster Hospital is located in Northern Ireland
Ulster Hospital
Location in Northern Ireland
LocationDundonald, County Down, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Coordinates54°35′49″N 5°48′43″W / 54.597°N 5.812°W / 54.597; -5.812Coordinates: 54°35′49″N 5°48′43″W / 54.597°N 5.812°W / 54.597; -5.812
Care systemHealth and Social Care in Northern Ireland
TypeDistrict General
Emergency departmentYes Accident & Emergency
ListsHospitals 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. It provides acute services in the North Down, Ards and Castlereagh council areas, as well as east Belfast. It is managed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.


The hospital was first founded as the Ulster Hospital for Women and Sick Children in 1872.[1] It was initially located on Chichester Street in Belfast City Centre but moved to Templemore Avenue in Mountpottinger in 1892.[1]

The first X-ray machine at the hospital was installed in 1920 and Dr Beath was employed to operate it.[1]

While located in Mountpottinger the hospital was severely damaged in the Belfast Blitz in 1941.[2] In 1962 it was relocated to Dundonald and renamed the Ulster Hospital.[3]

A refurbishment programme, announced in 2001, included a renal unit (completed in 2006), a maternity unit (completed in 2007), a multistorey car park (completed in 2007) and a critical care complex accommodating theatres, laboratories and a sterile services department (completed in 2010).[4]

In February 2003 the hospital was designated as one of the nine acute hospitals in the acute hospital network of Northern Ireland on which healthcare would be focused under the government health policy 'Developing Better Services'.[5]

In June 2011, the Ulster Hospital was granted University Teaching Hospital status by Queen's University Belfast, and an undergraduate sub-deanery was created within the Trust.[6]

A new inpatient ward block was completed in April 2017.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Logan, H. (1 August 1987). "Ulster Hospital - A Short History" (PDF). Ulster Medical Journal. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 February 2020. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Introduction to the Belfast Blitz". University of Ulster. Archived from the original on 6 February 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Cash boost for Ulster Hospital". BBC. 31 July 2001. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Ulster Hospital Opens New Inpatient Ward Block". Down News. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ Department of Health NI. "Developing Better Health Services (Topic: Health policy)". Department of Health NI. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Ulster Hospital Granted University teaching Status" (PDF). 20 June 2011.

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