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.”
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)|
|ED Atts||This Year||6805||5302||3635||5138||4046||24926|
|12 hour breaches||This Year||446||550||432||575||432||2435|
|% within 4 hours||This Year||55%||62%||55%||52%||49%||55%|
|Adult Admissions||This Year||1275||1293||1022||1254||934||5778|
|Paed Admissions||This Year||217||146||162||134||191||850|
|Adult Discharges||This Year||1203||1268||970||1231||924||5596|
|Paed Discharges||This Year||224||144||164||145||203||880|
|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|
|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|
Non Elective Admissions & Discharges figures exclude Ambulatory/Virtual activity