Emergency Care



This section of our website will be used to provide updates on our emergency care services. The Trust has two major hospital sites where emergency care is provided, Antrim Area Hospital and Causeway Hospital, Coleraine.

Urgent or emergency care is often referred to as unscheduled care. 

About Antrim Emergency Department
Acute Assessment Unit

Antrim Area Hospital
Summary of Winter period activity
19 Dec 2013 to 8 Jan 2014 – compared to 18 Dec 2014 to 7 Jan 2015

Attendances increased

351

9.0%

 

GP Referred attendances up by

18

2.3%

 

Ambulance arrivals up by

145

19%

 

Average amb arrivals per day

63

71

2013

2014

12 hr breach

65

41

2013

2014

Causeway Hospital
Summary of Winter period activity
19 Dec 2013 to 8 Jan 2014 – compared to 18 Dec 2014 to 7 Jan 2015

Attendances increased

46

2.1%

 

GP Referred attendances up by

47

10.9%

 

Ambulance arrivals up by

7

2%

 

Average amb arrivals per day

27

27

2013

2014

12 hr breach

0

0

2013

2014

This is traditionally a busy time of the year for our hospitals and the situation is continually reviewed to ensure that those who require emergency treatment are prioritised.

The increase in attendances at the emergency departments continues to be a challenge and is reviewed by the Trust on a daily basis. Many of those attending are very unwell and require admission, for example, with respiratory conditions.

The Trust has escalation plans which have been put in place to deal with the increase in admissions to our wards and reduce the time patients are waiting for discharge.

We have opened additional beds, increased staffing levels and extended services in the evenings and weekends.

Our Hospital Diversion Nursing Team has supported earlier discharge of patients from our main hospitals into community settings.

There has also been an investment in an additional discharge team to support and facilitate earlier discharge of patients.

The public can play a role in helping to ease the burden on busy emergency departments by only attending if your case is an emergency. If it is not an emergency, patients should consider seeing their GP, GP out-of-hours service, pharmacist or attend a minor injuries unit.


Trends outside of the Winter period
Antrim Emergency Department attendances (2013 v 2014)

Month/

Year

Attendances

Cumulative

Month/

Year

Attendances

Cumulative

% increase by month

April '13

5894

5894

April '14

6454

6454

9.5%

May '13

5787

11681

May '14

6625

13079

12.0%

Jun '13

5889

17570

Jun '14

6543

19622

11.7%

Jul '13

6475

24045

Jul '14

6423

26045

8.3%

Aug '13

5988

30033

Aug '14

6027

32072

6.8%

Sep '13

5994

36027

Sep '14

6326

38398

6.6%

Oct '13

6147

42174

Oct '14

6126

44524

5.6%

Nov '13

5759

47933

Nov '14

5887

50411

5.2%

Dec '13

5821

53754

Dec '14

6313

56724

5.5%

Jan '14

6093

59847

 

 

 

Feb '14

5614

65461

 

 

 

Mar '14

5676

71137

 

 

 

Sum

71137

 

 

 

Overall

6.30%

 

 

 

 

 

Page last updated:09 April 2015