First Phase of General Surgical moves begin on 1 June 2013


Following the public support expressed during the ‘Right Treatment, Right Place’ consultation on the proposed General Surgical services reorganisation in 2010/11, the Trust has been working with the surgical team, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and other key groups to finalise the plans to deliver an improved general surgical service for our patients.



General surgery currently delivers an emergency surgical take and a range of elective surgical services on all three acute sites. The first phase change will take place on Saturday 1 June 2013 and can be summarised as follows: 




  • The Oesophagogastric Cancer Surgery Unit will be established at BCH.
  • There will be a cessation of the BCH-RVH ‘alternate take-in’ system.
  • The entry point for all BCH-RVH non-elective patients will be the RVH.
  • An Emergency Surgical Unit (EmSU) will be established at the RVH on wards 6B & 6C.
  • The current ‘take-in’ will remain at the Mater Hospital until the second phase reconfiguration.
  • Colorectal elective services will remain on the BCH and RVH sites until the second phase of the change when a single Colorectal Unit will be established in the Belfast Trust.