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COVID-19 Winter Presssures

COVID-19 – Winter Pressures

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

These challenges, coupled now with traditional winter pressures, 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 on the current pressures and challenges across the HSC System in Northern Ireland.

Updated every Wednesday at 3:00pm

 

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.

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 17th to 23th November.

In total 4939 elective procedures (inpatient and daycase admission and regular attenders) were scheduled of which:


From 10th to 16th November.

In total 4834 elective procedures (inpatient and daycase admission and regular attenders) were scheduled of which:


From 3rd to 9th November.

In total 5098 elective procedures (inpatient and daycase admission and regular attenders) were scheduled of which:

[Source: Health and Social Care Board]

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

 

Number of HSC staff absent or self-isolating due to COVID-19

[Source: Trust returns]

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