Statutory Independent Public Inquiry Into Urology Services In The Southern Health And Social Care Trust

The Patient and Client Council is supporting the Statutory Independent Public Inquiry Into Urology Services In The Southern Health And Social Care Trust.

The establishment of the independent public Urology Services Inquiry was announced in a statement by the Health Minister, on 24 November 2020.

Read the statement here: Assembly statement on clinical practice concerns | Department of Health (

Mr Swann said: “The urology patients and families affected remain in my thoughts as the Inquiry embarks on its statutory responsibilities and I would like to again acknowledge the upset, distress and anxiety these matters have caused.

“Patients and families affected and who have concerns are encouraged to avail of the support which the Southern Trust has made available, including the family liaison service and related support services.

“I am confident the establishment of the independent Urology Services Inquiry will enable a full and transparent investigation of the circumstances leading to the urology lookback review, and ensure lessons are learned in order to improve our healthcare systems and restore public confidence in our healthcare services.”

The Urology Services Inquiry was established under the Inquiries Act 2005 and will be chaired by Christine Smith QC. The Inquiry will be wholly independent and not accountable to the Department of Health, the Executive, the Assembly, or any public body.

The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry are outlined here


Background to the work of the Urology Services Inquiry

The Inquiry Chair is Christine Smith QC who is a Senior Barrister. She is assisted in her task by Dr Sonia Swart, a medical governance expert and Mr Damian Hanbury, a consultant urologist.

The Urology Services Inquiry (USI) commenced its work on 6th September 2021 and wishes to hear from the public to assist with its investigations. The Inquiry would like to hear in particular from patients and/or their family members regarding concerns or complaints that they may have had in relation to the provision of Urology Services within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

Statement from Christine Smith QC, Chair of the Urology Services Inquiry providing an update on the Inquiry’s work and planned hearings for June 2022 | Urology Services Inquiry


Read: Letter From Chair To Additional Patients And Families

Complete: Urology Services Inquiry Questionnaire

Help is available: Guide To Completing The Usi Questionnaire or Email: / Tel: 028 90251005


For full detail on the Urology Services Inquiry, please visit: Urology Services Inquiry