Portering services

Hospital Portering
Porters provide services to meet the needs of patients, staff, visitors and other users at Antrim Area Hospital; Ballymena Health and Care Centre, Braid Valley Hospital, Ballymena; Causeway Hospital, Coleraine; Mid Ulster Hospital, Magherafelt; Moyle Hospital, Larne and Whiteabbey Hospital sites.

Portering Services are provided in:

  • Wards
  • Departments
  • Laboratories
  • Public areas
  • Office accommodation
  • Staff accommodation

At certain sites there are specific porters to meets the needs of certain departments. These departmental porters are located in:

  • Emergency Departments
  • Theatres
  • Radiology
  • Laboratories
  • Pharmacy

Portering Services provide a support service to all departments within the hospital. The range of services is extensive but they can mainly be grouped into certain categories. These are:

  • Patient transfers
  • Meal deliveries
  • Waste transfer (Clinical and non-clinical)
  • Postal services
  • Medical gases
  • Specimen collections
  • Record transfers/retrieval
  • Pharmacy collections/deliveries
  • Stores
  • Mortuary services
  • Linen services
  • Catering transfers

Support Services Managers on each site also have responsibility for the security of their respective sites.

Community portering

A community Portering service is provided at Holywell Hospital.


  • Postal services
  • Waste transfer
  • Stores
  • Pharmacy collection/delivery
  • Delivery of linen to wards
  • Medical gases
  • Record transfers
  • Catering transfers
  • Furniture/equipment moves (Holywell Hospital only)
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