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COVID-19 – Service Pressures

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COVID-19 – Service Pressures

Health and Social Care (HSC) continues to respond to the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19 during the current surge of the pandemic in Northern Ireland.

These challenges are causing significant disruption across all health and care services, including lengthy delays in our Emergency Departments (EDs) and cancellations of some planned appointments and treatment.

The following update provides a regional overview of the current pressures and challenges across the HSC System in Northern Ireland.


Number of people in Emergency Departments

Snapshot at 12 noon on 1 April 22
Trust Hospital 0-4 hours Over 4 – 8 hours Over 8 to 12 hours Over 12 hours Total Waiting in Emergency Department Number of Patients Waiting for Admission to a Hospital Bed (DTA) ED Attendances midnight on 30th to midnight on 31st
Belfast MATER 16 0 0 3 19 2 94
Belfast RVH 35 4 3 35 77 34 303
Belfast Belfast Total 51 4 3 38 96 36 397
Northern ANTRIM 36 4 1 38 79 44 276
Northern CAUSEWAY 21 6 2 12 41 15 135
Northern Northern Total 57 10 3 50 120 59 411
South Eastern ULSTER 52 7 2 48 109 56 282
South Eastern South East Total 52 7 2 48 109 56 282
Southern CRAIGAVON 33 2 4 20 59 23 201
Southern DAISY HILL 27 5 0 9 41 9 160
Southern Southern Total 60 7 4 29 100 32 361
Western ALTNAGELVIN 49 5 1 30 85 32 194
Western SWAH 11 1 1 10 23 10 88
Western Western Total 60 6 2 40 108 42 282
Regional Position Regional Total 280 34 14 205 533 225 1733

Emergency Department Figures

(Updated every Monday at approximately 4pm)

Weekly Position: 18 March – 24 March 2022

Trust Hospital ED Attendances Number of people who waited more than 12 hours1 % number of people who waited less than 4 hours1 Non-Elective Admissions
Belfast MATER 619 79 47% 139
Belfast RVH 2,088 442 41% 495
Belfast BCH 40
Belfast RBHSC 969 2 65% 109
Belfast Belfast Total 3,676 523 48% 783
Northern ANTRIM 1,808 226 46% 400
Northern CAUSEWAY 927 121 54% 149
Northern Northern Total 2,735 347 49% 549
South Eastern ULSTER 2,119 386 46% 546
South Eastern LAGAN VALLEY 488 1 76% 60
South Eastern South East Total 2,607 387 52% 606
Southern CRAIGAVON 1,586 292 46% 374
Southern DAISY HILL 1,116 123 53% 160
Southern Southern Total 2,702 415 49% 534
Western ALTNAGELVIN 1,366 229 38% 303
Western SWAH 792 114 45% 146
Western OMAGH 390 0 96% 79
Western Western Total 2,548 343 49% 528
Regional Position Regional Total 14,268 2,015 49% 3,000

[Source: Health and Social Care Board]

Cancelled elective procedures

HSC Trusts continue to make extremely difficult decisions to cancel some elective procedures to free nursing and medical resources to support the Intensive Care Units and the increasing number of patients with COVID-19 admitted to medical wards.

Unfortunately, cancer services have been adversely affected. Trusts are working very hard to maintain cancer care in so far as that is possible during the current surge.

Cancer services are seeking to maintain chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other non-surgical treatments and alternative treatments will be provided in the absence of surgical options.

A regional approach has also been developed to ensure that any available theatre capacity across Northern Ireland is allocated for those patients most in need of surgery, both during the surge and as we come out of this surge.

HSC is working to ensure that any cancelled procedures are rescheduled as soon as possible.

Cancellations will be kept under review as the impact of COVID-19 is being felt in all areas of the system and it is anticipated that this pressure will continue over the next number of weeks.

HSC would like to apologise to those patients, their families and carers who have been affected by surgeries being postponed and for any anxiety and distress caused to them.

From 18 March to 24 March 2022

In total 5721 elective procedures (inpatient and day case admission and regular attenders) were scheduled of which:

From 11 March to 17 March 2022

In total 5246 elective procedures (inpatient and day case admission and regular attenders) were scheduled of which:

From 04 March to 10 March 2022

In total 6080 elective procedures (inpatient and day case admission and regular attenders) were scheduled of which:

Bed pressures

Visit the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard and click on the General Bed Occupancy link for all the latest bed information across hospitals in Northern Ireland.

DoH-COVID-19-dashboard

Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard

 


Further information

For enquiries about the information available on this page contact the Communications Office at the Health and Social Care Board Tel: 028 9536 3278