‘Severe pressure’ at Causeway

Thursday, 11 January 2018

‘Severe pressure’ at Causeway thumbnailThe Causeway Hospital under ‘severe pressure’ with long waiting lists.

MORE than 100 patients had to wait longer than 12 hours to be treated at the Causeway Hospital during the holiday period, The Chronicle can reveal this week. As pleas went out on social media for off-duty nurses and health care assistants to return to work, the Northern Trust used bank and agency staff to help ease "severe pressure" at the Coleraine hospital.
It has now emerged that 1,124 people turned up at the Causeway's emergency department between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day - a rise of seven per cent on the previous year.
Statistics also show that 102 people waited more than 12 hours to be seen, treated and either discharged or admitted, compared to four patients in 2016/2017.
The number of adults attending the emergency department who needed to be admitted to a ward was 212 - a rise of 14 per cent on the previous year.
In a statement, the Trust said: "The Emergency Departments at both Antrim Area Hospital and Causeway Hospital have been under severe pressure over the Christmas and New Year period, due to increased attendances of sick and vulnerable people. The EDs remain under pressure.
“This has been a challenging time and our staff continue to work extremely hard with professionalism, dedication and commitment to providing high quality care.


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