January 2014 was a highly critical month for acute care in Northern Ireland, with the Royal Victoria Hospital In Belfast being highly criticized.
A new 24 bedded ward opened in July 2013
A&E performance drops in Antrim Hospital during July, this was the first test of new A&E and of Northern Health & Social Care Trust bosses Mary Hinds & Paul Cummings and they both have fell at the first hurdle.
"The Mid Ulster Minor Injury Unit is still the only emergency unit within the Northern Health Trust to see an increased demand, yet was not featured by the Turnaround team appointed by Edwin Poots to resolve the emergency care crisis within the Trust." Save The Mid
The Northern Health & Social Care Trust which includes Antrim & Causeway Hospitals have been recommended by a recent review to investigate its mortality rates.
Statement to the Assembly on the report of the Turnaround and Support Team into performance at the Northern Trust
11 June 3013
With permission Mr Speaker, I wish to make a Statement to the Assembly on the report of the Turnaround and Support Team on the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.
As Members will recall I made a Written Statement to this House on 10 December 2012 on the appointment of a small Turnaround and Support Team to the Northern Health and Social Care Trust to complete a strategic overview to establish what changes and support might be required to accelerate progress at the Trust. The Team was asked to provide an assessment of the changes required to improve performance, and to support the management of the Trust in the delivery of services.
"Antrim Hospital is still in a state of escalation, this has been since December 2012, Mary Hinds stated at Trust Board meeting that new A&E will not slove the current A&E crisis in Antrim" Save The Mid
Antrim A&E still failing to see 95% of patients in under 8 hours in A&E, DHSSPS target is 95% of patinets should be admeitted or discharged in under 4 hours
"Antrim A&E Still In Trouble Throws Doubt to The Turn Around Teams Ability To Turn Antrim A&E Performance Around" Save The Mid
"Antrim A&E Not Only Failed To See 95% of Patients In Under 4 Hours, It Failed To See 95% in Under 12 Hours" Save The Mid
"Criagavon A&E shows its performance is falling, 1/3 of all patients had to wait between 4-12 hours for treatment" Save The Mid
Since Edwin Poots has taken up the post as Health Minister there have been 4 separate reviews into the provision of health services within the Northern Health & Social Care Trust:
· Tribal 2010
· Rutter & Hinds 2012
· Transforming Your Care 2012/13
· The Turnaround Team 2013
None of these reviews have had an impact on service delivery as performance problems are still very real despite fewer people attending Antrim A&E. While Antrim A&E may see surges on particular days the amount of patients attending the A&E are falling.
The Turnaround Team lead by Sue Page of Cumbria NHS Trust was present in Antrim Hospital while the hospital was escalated, they failed to change anything in the hospital to make the performance better, serious concerns must be raised about any recommendations brought forward by this review. Any changes that could of benefited the hospital surely would of been implemented while the team was in the hospital instead of waiting months to produce a report.