– Meet Billy –

Belfast born Billy (William) Maghie has had many a job over the years ranging from pig farming to a 30-year career in healthcare working in both Purdysburn Hospital and the Ulster hospital with roles as a domestic, nursing assistant, medical officer and finally working in the x-ray department.

Billy lives in Moneyreagh, and loved nothing more than driving about in his van, and talking to everyone, but in late 2017 he was admitted to the Ulster Hospital due to a period of reduced mobility. From the Ulster Hospital, Billy was admitted to Maryland Healthcare into the Willow Unit, which is an Intermediate Care Unit that provides healthcare services to help patients transition from hospital back to their own home.

Billy has now been in Maryland Healthcare for over 6 months. Initially it was difficult for Billy to adjust, as he had been living independently all his life, but Billy’s cheerful attitude and ‘gift of the gab’ soon had him enjoying social time with other residents as he settled into Maryland. Billy is a firm favourite with the staff team within Willow Unit and staff enjoy his company and stories. When Billy arrived at Maryland, he was unable to get out of bed and had limited movement. He can now walk short distances and has regained a lot of his independence back and now uses a self-propelled wheelchair.

Billy explains: “I am very happy here; all the staff are excellent. I enjoy getting around the home in my wheelchair freely. I like to take part in activities such as bingo and card games. I have enjoyed spending time with all the residents in Maryland. There is no place like home but Maryland is very homely and I love it here. I even have a special soft spot for one or two of the staff.”