A state-of-the-art new inpatient ward block has opened at the Ulster Hospital.
The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust has spent £112m pounds on the building, which has 288 single rooms with en-suite facilities and the latest technology.
The first patient arrived on Monday morning.
The new building replaces a ward block built in the 1960s which was considered well past its sell by date.
It marks a significant milestone in the £500 redevelopment of the Dundonald hospital site, which began almost a decade ago.
The trust said the first of the cardiac and surgery patients have been transferred over while remaining patients including those from the stroke unit and acute elderly medicine will be in their rooms by the summer.