Ards Community Hospital
Ards Community Hospital provides a comprehensive range of health, primary and social care services, including a Minor Injuries Unit, X-ray Department, GP Wards, Outpatients Department and GP Out of Hours.
The Minor Injuries Unit operates 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday to Friday, except Christmas Day. Experienced nursing staff treat a wide range of minor injures. If you are unsure if your injury/condition is suitable for treatment in the unit, please telephone for advice: (028) 9151 0110.
Newtownards Bus Station is approximately 0.5 miles from Ards Community Hospital. This station is easily accessible and services several destinations including Belfast, Comber, Bangor, Donaghadee, Balywalter, Portavogie and Portaferry. There is also a bus stop located at the front entrance of the hospital. This is serviced by buses heading to and from Belfast. For more information please contact Translink: (028) 9066 6630 or consult their Journey Planner at www.translink.co.uk
The hospital is clearly signposted and can be easily accessed via the town centre from Church Street. It can also be accessed near the Kempe Stones Road roundabout and Frederick Street roundabout.
GP Out of Hours
The North Down and Ards GP Out of Hours Service (NDADOC) is located at the front of the Ards Hospital site. It operates overnight from 6.00pm to 8.30am during the week, and all day Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays. The service is accessed by telephone (see below).
Patients should contact their own GP Surgery to arrange an appointment during normal working hours.
GP Out of Hours is for urgent care where patients cannot wait until their registered surgery is open. The service is accessed by telephone.
This is available from 6.00pm to 8.30am in North Down and Ards, and from 6.00pm to 8:00am in Lagan Valley and Downpatrick during weekdays,and all day during weekends and bank holidays.
GP out of Hours Service is for urgent primary care and provides a limited variety of services which may vary in different areas. We recommend you phone ahead to find out if the services you require are available at your local Out of Hours centre.
An answerphone message will give you the contact details for your local out-of-hours service when your local GP surgery is closed.
Tel: (028) 9182 2344
Minor Injuries Unit
The Ards Minor Injuries Unit is situated at the front of the Ards Hospital site, adjacent to the GP Out of Hours. It is open Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm, except Christmas Day,
The unit is staffed by specially trained and experienced Emergency Medicine nurses, and can treat all minor injuries locally, providing high quality care. The unit has digital x-ray links to the Ulster Hospital and medical back up from the Emergency Medicine consultants based in the Ulster.
If your injury is not serious, go to a minor injuries unit (MIU) centre rather than an Emergency Department department. You could be seen more quickly than in a busy Emergency Department and it allows their highly trained staff to concentrate on people with serious and life-threatening conditions.
If you are unsure if your injury/condition is suitable for treatment in the unit staff are happy to provide advice over the telephone.
Car Parking at Ards Hospital
Access to Ards Community Hospital is via the Main Entrance with Church Street.
Pay on foot car parks (barrier car parks)
On entering the site pay on foot car parks are available at Scrabo Children’s Centre for those attending the centre, at Old Mill Surgery car park and at Lough House car park.
Staff car parks are available through entry via Frederick Street and throughout the site at identified Staff Permit Holding areas
Pay on Foot Car Parking Tariffs
Charge Bands £ First 1/2 Hour No charge Up to 1 hour 1.00 1-4 hours 1.80 4-6 hours 2.50 6-8 hours 3.50 8-24 hours 4.50 Lost ticket 6.00
Pay and Display
A pay and display car park is located on the internal roadway which runs parallel with Church Street, entry to which is gained via the delivery entrance is one way and gives access to Minor Injuries.
Charge Bands £ Every 15 minutes 0.20
Click here for car park location map showing respective pay stations.
Ards Community Hospital
GP Out of Hours