Modernisation of ENT services

06/07/2011

Following our 'Right Treatment, Right Place' consultation in October 2010 on acute service delivery, the public and Trust Board gave their support to plans to reorganise the delivery of acute services in Belfast.

The first phase of reorganisation will begin this summer, starting with Ear Nose and Throat Services (ENT).

The consultation showed a clear consensus for the need to improve and modernise ENT services, therefore the following changes are taking place:

  • All inpatient and daycase services will combine at the Royal Hospitals to form a specialist ENT inpatient service to Belfast and Northern Ireland. Locating ENT together in one acute hospital will provide streamlined clinical pathways, improved team working, clinical rota management and efficiency in service delivery.
  • ENT outpatient services will continue to be delivered locally as it is important to maintain good access for ENT outpatients.
  • The Cochlear Implant service will remain in Dufferin Building at the Belfast City Hospital.
  • Children’s ENT service in the Belfast City Hospital will move to the Royal Hospitals, to join the paediatric services already in place in Ward 31 of the EENT Building giving rapid access to specialist care and treatment.

When:

Service will relocate from Monday 18th July 2011

Where:

The centralised inpatient and daycase service will be located at:
Royal Victoria Hospital, EENT Building, Wards 28, 29, 31