Vascular surgery moves to RVH on 28 December 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 successfully began in the summer, with Ear Nose and Throat Services (ENT), it now continues with Vascular Surgery.

From Wednesday 28 December 2011 the following changes will take place

  • Vascular inpatient and day case services for Belfast and Northern Ireland will be combined on the Royal Hospitals site
  • Vascular outpatient services will continue to be delivered in both the Belfast City and Royal Victoria Hospitals.

All existing vascular patients will be notified by letter if there are any changes to their appointment location or time.


Inpatient and daycase service will be located at:
Royal Victoria Hospital, Ward 5A

Changes to Cardiac Surgery

In preparation for the Vascular Surgery move, there will also be some minor changes to where Cardiac Surgery is delivered.  From Friday 16 December, pre and post cardiac surgery ward and outpatients who are self managing warfarin should attend Ward 4d Seminar room (previously ward 5a seminar room).

About Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgery is an important part of our hospital’s work. Our vascular teams deal with everything from varicose veins and strokes to aneurysms.

The Trust will bring together the teams currently based in the Belfast City Hospital and the Royal Hospitals, to be located in a single specialist vascular unit at the Royal Hospitals. This will form part of a cardiovascular centre, delivering vascular specialist access to the Trust’s major trauma centre. The vascular team will continue to provide a consultation service for inpatients in the Belfast City Hospital.

Why this change will be better for patients

This move will bring together the vascular, cardiology and cardiac surgery teams, enabling the formation of a highly skilled, specialist team of surgeons, cardiologists, anaesthetists, nurses, Allied Health Professionals, professional & technical staff resulting in a higher, more consistent standard of care for vascular patients. Patients requiring major trauma services will also have access to this specialist team on site.