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Minister opens new Breast and Endocrine Centre at the Ulster Hospital

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Health Minister Michael McGimpsey today officially opened the new Breast and Endocrine Centre at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.

The £1.62million centre, which was completed in May 2009, and was part funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, offers patients an improved service operating from a ‘one stop’ unit within the hospital.

The Minister said: "The new Breast and Endocrine Centre is a welcome development and will have significant benefits for patients in terms of improved waiting times and a better patient environment. Instead of having to make several visits to hospital before getting their diagnosis, patients are provided with assessment, investigation and diagnosis all in one visit."

The Minister met with patients and staff in the new centre and commented: "I am very impressed by the quality of the new facility and equally so by the professionalism and enthusiasm of all the staff who work so diligently to enhance the patient experience and improve clinical outcomes."

He added: "We in the health service greatly value the contribution that Macmillan Cancer Support carries out in Northern Ireland. The contribution which Macmillan has provided for the new Breast and Endocrine Unit, is a small part of the totality of the work which Macmillan provides to people affected by cancer, and is much appreciated."

Chief Executive of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust Hugh McCaughey said: "This new dedicated centre has been designed around the people who will use it. One of the core problems with the previous breast care service was the lack of privacy and dignity for the patient. The design team therefore focused on the patient's pathway to deliver more comfortable and discreet facilities alongside the mammography and ultrasound suites."

Following a tour of the Breast and Endocrine Unit, the Minister viewed progress on the new Critical Care Complex currently under construction at the Ulster Hospital. The new complex is due to open later next year.

Notes to Editors:

1. The new Breast & Endocrine Centre at the Ulster provides a ‘one stop’ facility for both Breast & Endocrine patients to provide the patient with assessment, investigation and diagnosis all in one visit to the hospital. It includes improved patient changing facilities, better facilities for confidential discussions with clinicians, mammography and ultrasound suites, and a Macmillan Cancer Care Information Service.

2. Macmillan Cancer Care contributed £350,000 towards the cost of the unit.

3. The £53million Critical Care Complex will include operating theatres, intensive care, laboratories and sterile services. Work began in March 2007 and is due to be completed in 2010. The building is one of the most technologically advanced health care buildings currently under construction in the UK.

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