Industrial Action 2024

18th January 2024

Last updated: 18 January 2024

We are expecting widespread and very significant disruption to all our hospital and community services as a result of the planned industrial action by a number of Trade Unions on Thursday 18 January 2024.

Urgent and emergency care will continue but all areas of health and social care will be impacted.  

Our message to patients and service users is that you should assume your appointment is cancelled, unless you are contacted by the Trust to advise otherwise.

Members of the public may experience considerable delays when phoning the hospital switchboard or our wards tomorrow.

Our Phone First and Walk-In service at the Minor Injury Unit at the Ulster Hospital will not open until 1pm on Thursday 18 January.

If you require urgent medical help, please attend the Emergency Department.

The Walk-In service only at the Minor Injury Unit will resume at 1pm until 6pm.

The Unit will open as normal at 8am on Friday 19 January.

Postponed services:

  • 839 face-to-face Outpatient and diagnostic appointments
  • 84 Endoscopy procedures
  • 48 Inpatient procedures
  • 24 Day case procedures
  • Downe Day Procedure Unit will be closed

Trust services going ahead:

Ulster Hospital

  • Emergency and urgent surgery only
  • Urgent endoscopy procedures
  • Caesarean sections

Lagan Valley Hospital Day Procedure Centre

  • All red flag local anaesthetic plastic procedures
  • Limited ENT and endoscopy procedures

Limited Trust Services

  • Renal dialysis
  • Chemotherapy (reduced service)
  • Medical day case unit (reduced service)
  • Maternity clinics
  • Virtual consultant clinics
  • Ambulatory hubs

Community Services

  • All day centres closed
  • Social work, domiciliary and community care services will be operating a Christmas Day service, at best


All postponed appointments and procedures will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

We regret any inconvenience the disruption will cause.

Thank you for your help and understanding.

Statements published:

Department of Health Media Release: Published 11 January 2024

Joint statement by Chief Executives of Health and Social Care Trusts: Published 15 January 2024