24 June 2015
SMDM Paula Kealey and SEHSCT Director of Services Seamus McGoran
The Breast and Endocrine Unit at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald has been singled out for a prestigious Macmillan award. The unit, which offers a “one stop” facility - designed to carry out patient assessments, investigations and diagnosis during one visit – has been awarded the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark, or MQEM.
This Macmillan award recognises and rewards good practice and design in cancer care settings across the UK. Assessments are carried out by an independent team of judges and trained volunteers, who have been affected by cancer. The Breast and Endocrine Unit impressed the MQEM judges, who said the “one stop” approach to diagnosis was an excellent service, which 'should be replicated throughout the UK'.
They were impressed with the layout, which incorporates a Macmillan Information Centre, saying the unit supported 'the cutting edge technology on offer with thoughtful design' and made the best of available space.
The Director of Hospital Services with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Seamus McGoran, is delighted that the Breast and Endocrine Unit has been singled out for this award:
'Working with our patients, the team has created a first class unit, which facilitates the delivery of high quality services in an environment which is sensitive to the emotional and psychological needs of patients.
'We are extremely proud of the unit and of our staff.
Macmillan Senior Development Manager, Paula Kealey, says the award reflects the hard work and dedication of staff and positive feedback from patients.