Waiting times soar at the Causeway

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Waiting times soar at the Causeway thumbnailCauseway Hospital.

ALMOST 200 patients had to wait longer than 12 hours to be treated at the Causeway Hospital during December, new statistics have shown.
Figures released by the Department of Health reveal that 3,715 people turned up at the accident and emergency department, compared to 3,458 in December 2016.
And 190 people waited more than 12 hours to be seen, treated and either discharged or admitted, compared to four patients in December 2016.
Meanwhile the four-hour performance figures dropped slightly from 61.4 per cent in December 2016 to 60.9 per cent, falling considerably short of the 95 per cent target.
Causeway Hospital patients endured the longest average emergency department waiting times (eight hours 18 minutes) in Northern Ireland, from arrival to admission.
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine Northern Ireland's Vice President Sean McGovern warned that emergency department staff were "fighting to keep their heads above water in the most challenging of times."
He added: "Patients and staff deserve better. We should be able to plan and adequately care for our growing and ageing population, despite infectious illnesses and despite the time of the year.
Mr McGovern called on the Department of Health to "tackle the spiralling problems facing emergency care" and stressed that "urgent intervention" is needed.
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