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Hospitals faced significant pressures over holiday period

2020-01-09

Hospitals across Northern Ireland faced significant pressures over the holiday period.

Latest figures issued today, Thursday 9 January, by the Health and Social Care Board highlight the strain on services.

For the period 20 December 2019 to 3 January 2020, the key highlights are:

A spokesperson for the Health and Social Care system said:

“The figures released today show that, similar to other parts of the UK and Ireland, health and social care services in Northern Ireland have and continue to be under sustained pressure over the holiday period.

“We would pay tribute to our staff who are working tirelessly to ensure that patients receive the care that they need.

“Health service organisations have repeatedly made it clear that the 2019/20 winter period would again bring serious challenges. Despite the plans in place, some patients have had to wait for unacceptably long periods in Emergency Departments – for that we sincerely apologise.

“The challenges are in part due to an increase in older, sicker patients attending Emergency Departments. These patients will often require longer in-patient stays and then more complex social care packages when they are ready to leave hospital.

“The well documented workforce shortages, as well as the impact of flu and the norovirus have also compounded the pressures.

“All HSC organisations will continue to work closely to ensure that the most urgent and sickest patients are prioritised.

“In the longer term, we need a radical transformation of services. The Department of Health is currently carrying out a review of urgent and emergency care to establish a new regional care model for the next 10-15 years. An initial report is expected early 2020, which will outline the current challenges facing urgent and emergency care services and explore some potential solutions.”

Further Details

See table below for the period 20 December 2019 to 3 January 2020, compared to the same period last year.

This year compared to last year (2019/20 vs 2018/19)
Belfast Northern South Eastern Southern Western Total
ED Atts This Year 6805 5302 3635 5138 4046 24926
Last Year 7566 5477 3911 5685 4316 26955
Variance -761 -175 -276 -547 -270 -2029
Belfast Northern South Eastern Southern Western Total
12 hour breaches This Year 446 550 432 575 432 2435
Last Year 89 143 289 139 63 723
Variance 357 407 143 436 369 1712
Belfast Northern South Eastern Southern Western Total
% within 4 hours This Year 55% 62% 55% 52% 49% 55%
Last Year 64% 64% 57% 62% 67% 63%
Belfast Northern South Eastern Southern Western Total
Adult Admissions This Year 1275 1293 1022 1254 934 5778
Last Year 1428 1279 1121 1331 962 6121
Variance -153 14 -99 -77 -28 -343
Belfast Northern South Eastern Southern Western Total
Paed Admissions This Year 217 146 162 134 191 850
Last Year 235 183 172 162 227 979
Variance -18 -37 -10 -28 -36 -129
Belfast Northern South Eastern Southern Western Total
Adult Discharges This Year 1203 1268 970 1231 924 5596
Last Year 1368 1278 1076 1323 922 5967
Variance -165 -10 -106 -92 2 -371
Belfast Northern South Eastern Southern Western Total
Paed Discharges This Year 224 144 164 145 203 880
Last Year 239 180 163 164 222 968
Variance -15 -36 1 -19 -19 -88
Belfast Northern South Eastern Southern Western Total
Avg Waits – Admitted This Year 9 hrs 32 mins 11 hrs 19 mins 13 hrs 40 mins 12 hrs 41 mins 11 hrs 34 mins 11 hrs 43 mins
Last Year 6 hrs 12 mins 6 hrs 47 mins 9 hrs 15 mins 7 hrs 9 mins 6 hrs 3 mins 7 hrs 4 mins
Belfast Northern South Eastern Southern Western Total
Avg Waits – Non Admitted This Year 3 hrs 56 mins 3 hrs 28 mins 3 hrs 20 mins 3 hrs 34 mins 4 hrs 13 mins 3 hrs 44 mins
Last Year 3 hrs 10 mins 3 hrs 6 mins 3 hrs 14 mins 3 hrs 10 mins 2 hrs 56 mins 3 hrs 8 mins

Note
Non Elective Admissions & Discharges figures exclude Ambulatory/Virtual activity

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