Consultation on Emergency Department Services in Belfast


Today, Health Minister Edwin Poots launched a consultation on the future configuration of Emergency Department (ED) Services in Belfast. These proposals, available on the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) website, are open for a 13 weeks period of public consultation.


Following the temporary closure of the Emergency Department at Belfast City Hospital in November 2011, it was recognised that in the longer term, a strategic decision needed to be taken on the provision of ED services in Belfast. Today marks the start of that process of engagement and consultation on proposals for the future delivery of this service.


The proposals in the consultation document have been developed by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) working with Belfast Trust. The preferred and recommended option proposed is that Emergency Department services should be delivered from two Emergency Departments at Royal Victoria Hospital and Mater Hospital. Direct access to Belfast City Hospital would be available for patients who have been assessed by their GP as requiring medical assessment or admission to hospital without the need to go via an Emergency Department.

The consultation documents, and details of how to respond to the consultation are available on the Health Social Care website. The consultation closes on Friday 10 May 2013

View the Consultation documents and details of how to respond