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COVID-19 Winter Pressures

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.


Number of people in Emergency Departments

Snapshot at 12 noon today – 15 January 2021

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 14th to midnight on 15th
Belfast MATER 5 1 0 0 6 1 48
Belfast RVH 15 5 2 5 27 9 181
Belfast Belfast Total 20 6 2 5 33 10 229
Northern ANTRIM 18 2 4 28 52 37 147
Northern CAUSEWAY 8 2 3 10 23 15 86
Northern Northern Total 26 4 7 38 75 52 233
South Eastern ULSTER 27 6 2 3 38 9 214
South Eastern South East Total 27 6 2 3 38 9 214
Southern CRAIGAVON 20 2 1 12 35 13 137
Southern DAISY HILL 15 0 1 4 20 7 74
Southern Southern Total 35 2 2 16 55 20 211
Western ALTNAGELVIN 16 2 0 9 27 10 112
Western SWAH 6 1 1 9 17 10 68
Western Western Total 22 3 1 18 44 20 180
Regional Position Regional Total 130 21 14 80 245 111 1067

Emergency Department Figures

(Updated every Wednesday at 3pm)

Weekly Position: Tuesday 5  – Monday 11 January 2021

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 319 74 43% 113
Belfast RVH 1134 183 34% 507
Belfast BCH 55
Belfast RBHSC 428 0 86% 77
Belfast Belfast Total 1881 258 47% 752
Northern ANTRIM 1128 162 64% 336
Northern CAUSEWAY 585 90 60% 173
Northern Northern Total 1713 252 63% 509
South Eastern ULSTER 1408 210 55% 480
South Eastern LAGAN VALLEY 307 0 75% 52
South Eastern DOWNE 193 0 99% 30
South Eastern South East Total 1908 210 63% 562
Southern CRAIGAVON 1061 273 38% 384
Southern DAISY HILL 650 79 59% 182
Southern Southern Total 1711 352 46% 566
Western ALTNAGELVIN 897 115 53% 287
Western SWAH 508 42 58% 147
Western OMAGH 165 0 98% 70
Western Western Total 1570 157 59% 504
Regional Position Regional Total 8783 1229 56% 2893

To be seen, treated, and either discharged or admitted to a hospital bed.

[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.

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 5 January to 11 January 2021

In total 4878 elective procedures (inpatient and daycase admission and regular attenders) were scheduled of which:

From 29 December 2020 to 4 January 2021

In total 3359 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 IrelandDepartment of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard

 

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

On January 12th 2021

On January 5th 2021

*Figures correct at time of publishing. Subject to readjustment.
[Source: Trust returns]

 

Covid Centre update

There are currently 10 primary care COVID-19 centres across Northern Ireland. They are located in Belfast, Ballymena, Coleraine, Newtownards, Downpatrick, Lisburn, Banbridge, Dungannon, Altnagelvin and SWAH.

COVID-19 centres are a GP-led innovation that was an urgent and immediate response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The centres ensure that primary care services can be maintained, by enabling patients who have COVID-19 symptoms to be treated separately from those patients who have other conditions which require assessment or treatment in primary care. This helps reduce the spread of infection and helps ensure that patients can continue to receive timely care.

From 6 April 2020 to 10 January 2021

From 4 January to 10 January 2021

From 28 December 2020 to 3 January 2021

[Source: Health and Social Care Board]


Data archive

Title and link to downloadDate
Number of people in EDs - Snapshot 12 Noon - 14. January 202114th January 2021
Number of people in EDs - Snapshot 12 Noon - 13 January 202113th January 2021
Number of people in EDs - Snapshot at 12 Noon - 12 January 202112th January 2021
Number of people in EDs - Snapshot at 12 noon - 11 January 202111th January 2021
Number of people in EDs Snapshot - 12 Noon - 08 January20218th January 2021
Number of people in EDs - Snapshot at 12 noon - 07 January 20217th January 2021
Number of people in EDs - Snapshot at 12 noon - 06 January 20216th January 2021
Number of people in EDs – Snapshot at 12 noon - 05 January 20215th January 2021
Number of people in EDs - Snapshot 12 noon - 04 January 20214th January 2021
Number of people in EDs - Snapshot at 12 noon - 31 December 202031st December 2020
Number of people in EDs - Snapshot at 12 noon - 30 December 202030th December 2020
08-14 Dec 2020 Cancelled Elective Procedures and Staff Absent or Self-isolating14th December 2020
01-07 Dec 2020 Cancelled Elective Procedures and Staff Absent or Self-isolating7th December 2020
24-30 Nov 2020 Cancelled Elective Procedures And Staff Absent Or Self-isolating30th November 2020
17-23 Nov 2020 Cancelled Elective Procedures And Staff Absent Or Self-isolating23rd November 2020
10-16 Nov 2020 Cancelled Elective Procedures And Staff Absent Or Self-isolating18th November 2020
03-09 Nov 2020 Cancelled Elective Procedures And Staff Absent Or Self-isolating11th November 2020

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