The public consultation to consider the future configuration of Emergency Department services in the Belfast Trust area will close at 5pm on Friday 10 May 2013.
The Health and Social Care Board, in collaboration with the Belfast Trust, is encouraging everyone who may be affected by the decision to ensure they respond with their views.
The consultation describes the option for Emergency Department services delivered across Greater Belfast. It explains the issues of safety and sustainability and the need to ensure skilled clinical teams can provide a high quality service for patients.
The preferred and recommended option proposed by the Board is that Emergency Department services should be delivered from two Emergency Departments at Royal Victoria Hospital and Mater Hospital. In addition, direct access to Belfast City Hospital would be available for patients who have been assessed by their GP as requiring medical assessment or admission to hospital without the need to go via an Emergency Department.
Following the end of the consultation period, the Board will make recommendations to the Minister for a final decision.
The document, A consultation of the future configuration of Emergency Department Services in Belfast, can be obtained from www.hscboard.hscni.net/consult